Jonathan Livingstone Therapy & Coaching 07951 260446
Jonathan Livingstone Therapy & Coaching   07951 260446   

FAQ

1. Fees, times, length of treatment

2. The nature of treatment

3. Client groups

4. Doubts and concerns

 


1. Fees, times, length of treatment

How many consultations will I need?

Many people only need two or three consultations for complete resolution of their problem. A few need up to five consultations. There’s no correspondence between severity or longevity of a problem and the time required to resolve it. Number of consultations relates rather to the number of past experiences that have contributed to the problem. For most people and most problems, the number of past experiences needing resolution is small.

    However, individuals with certain types of addiction or complex problems arising from difficult family circumstances will often benefit from more consultations.

    Every consultation will target specific past experiences that are interfering with present goals, and you will experience benefits after each consultation, even if it takes a bit longer to achieve your goal.

 

How much does it cost?

The intention is that this high-quality service is very affordable. Please contact for current prices. Discounts are given for students, and for children, depending on age – please ask for details.

 

Can I have a discount?

The fees are intended to give exceptional value. But if you really can’t afford them and want a discount, you’re free to ask.

 

Can I book just one consultation at a time?

The therapist-coach may encourage you to commit to three consultations so that you have the best chance of completing the work and achieving full and permanent resolution. Because there is often an ambivalence about personal change, there can occasionally be a tendency to want to terminate treatment just before the change is completed; and the therapist-coach will want to help you to avoid that. But ultimately it is up to you. You need to give 24 hours notice to cancel an appointment to avoid paying for the consultation.

 

How much time between consultations?

Ideally, a week or two weeks between consultations works best – but finances don’t always allow this, and you can book your appointments exactly when you like. You are likely to make great progress with each consultation.

 

 

2. The nature of treatment

 

How effective is therapy & coaching online or by telephone?

Most of the therapeutic methods the therapist-coach uses in person can also be utilized by telephone or Skype (with the notable exception of kinesiology) and are no less effective when used in this way. Even working at a distance we will find the origins of the problem in your past and resolve them completely.

 

Will the work be painful or distressing?

Revisiting painful experiences in the past can be distressing, but usually nothing like as distressing as feared. The therapist-coach can state with absolute assurance that:

  • Any significant distress experienced will be very brief (lasting a very few minutes at most).
  • The therapist-coach will be with you fully throughout and ensure at all times that you feel safe and able to cope.
  • Afterwards (at least in the context in which it is addressed), the experience causing distress will have been cleared from your body completely and permanently. This is true even of the most severe and longstanding traumas.

 

How will I know if the therapy is successful?

When the problem is specific, as it very often is, you’ll know immediately that the therapy has been successful because, after the consultation, you will no longer have the problem. It will be evident to you that the problem has been solved because you will be unable to get back the uncomfortable feelings associated with the problem.

    For more complex problems which take longer to treat (such as an eating disorder, codependency or social  anxiety), progress towards the overall outcome is not necessarily smooth, and even when the therapy work is close to achieving its aims, setbacks can be experienced and can sometimes feel devastating.

    For this reason, judgement about the success of treatment for complex problems should be based on the overall pattern of improvement – though you will notice and take heart that the difficult experiences we address during a consultation will always be healed.

 

How is this therapy different from the kind of psychotherapy or counselling I’ve experienced before?

Many people report that they have tried counselling or various types of psychotherapy in the past and it hasn’t resolved the problem. The therapy you’ll experience here is different because it identifies and resolves the origins of  the problem – the experiences that created the problem will be identified and resolved, and you will know they have been resolved. This work is unique, and I’m confident that we will manage to resolve your issue quickly and economically. 

 

How do I decide which technique or method will work best for me?

Very occasionally a person will ask for a particular therapy, and this therapist will endeavour to deliver what is requested when the client insists.

    But usually people are not concerned about which method is used, but with the results achieved. The choice of method is the responsibility of the therapist-coach, who is always happy to explain in advance the methodology of the work, and afterwards to explain what he did and why he did it.

 

Some of my stuff is really personal and hard to talk about. Do I have to talk about it for the work to be successful?

The therapist-coach needs to have an idea about what’s going on in order to help you. But he doesn't need details and he won’t ask for them.

    Your one task as client is to report what’s going on for you, and this includes letting the therapist-coach know what you’re feeling and thinking.

 

3. Client groups

What’s the therapist-coach's position on sexual orientation, gender, race, religion?

The therapist-coach is a committed advocate of the rights of gay and transgender people, has consistently opposed racism, and is a strong supporter of gender equality. He has worked with many gay people to help them (among other issues) gain self-acceptance. He also respects any deeply held religious convictions of his clients – which doesn’t prevent him from challenging them, or any other beliefs, if he feels they are contributing to the problem.

 

Does the therapist-coach work with children, adolescents, or babies?

Yes. If the children are very young the therapist-coach may use the parent as surrogate for muscle testing. The problem in the child is nearly always an expression of the problem of the parent, so the therapist-coach may need to work with the parent rather than the child in order to resolve the problem manifesting in the child. 

 

Does the therapist-coach work with autistic spectrum children?

Yes, he helps children overcome fears, develop confidence, and improve specific abilities.

 

Does the therapist-coach work with couples?

The therapist-coach works with couples on relationship issues. However, he generally prefers to work with the two partners separately as his skills are particularly suited to facilitating individual transformation.

    Note that there can be ethical challenges in working with both partners together if the therapist-coach has worked or will work with the partners separately.

 

Does the therapist-coach work with pregnant women?

The therapist-coach's work has given him an understanding of the profound importance of pre-birth experience, and the experience during and immediately after birth, for the emotional life of the person.

    It is important for the mother to be happy and connected emotionally with the pre-born child during pregnancy. The therapist-coach helps women to resolve emotional issues during pregnancy and to overcome fears of childbirth and motherhood and prepare for natural and drug-free birthing. 

 

Can the therapist-coach help people who are disabled or housebound or prefer not to travel?

If you can’t travel to the therapist-coach, or would prefer him to visit you in your home or at a local hotel, he will travel to you, wherever you are. You will need to pay travel time and expenses. 

    Alternatively, there is the telephone or Skype.

 

4. Doubts and concerns

What if I don’t know exactly what my problem is or what I want?

It’s not unusual not to know exactly what the problem is, or what your goal is. The therapist-coach will help you to identify and articulate your problem and your goal.

 

Is the consultation completely confidential?

As you’d expect and demand, whoever you are, the service is thoroughly professional and therapy will always remain completely confidential. If you don’t want any communications from the therapist-coach in the future, however, you should inform him. Similarly, inform him if there  are any constraints on how or when he should contact you. It’s possible that when you attend your consultation another client may see you. If it’s important to you to avoid this, you need to let the therapist-coach know in advance. 

 

Why has the problem returned?

Sometimes a problem (such as an eating disorder) that seemed to have been resolved recurs after therapy has concluded. The previous work has not been undone in any way; you have not gone backwards. It is simply an indication that the work is not yet complete. Everything you’ve achieved has helped, but there is more work to do.

 

Can you help me with my particular issue?

Everybody is different, and every problem is different. If your problem has an emotional basis, the therapist-coach is confident he can help you to resolve it permanently. Contact him to discuss your individual situation and concerns.

 

How many consultations to quit smoking?

The therapist-coach might recommend three consultations to quit smoking. Your real reasons for smoking will be identified (the feelings underlying what you interpret as the desire to smoke will reveal them) and resolved. However, any significant present stress needs to be healed in addition to and before resolving contributing experiences in your past.

 

Welcome!

 

Brief, solution-focused, highly effective, economical and unique therapy & coaching

Jonathan Livingstone MA PGCE

Author of The Therapist Within You (2009)

 

Call (or WhatsApp):

07951 260446

Email:

jhlivingstone@gmail.com

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