FAQs

What is Solution Focused Therapy?

Solution Focused Therapy is a person-centred approach. This means that your individual hopes, strengths and resources are at the heart of what we do. The role of a solution focused therapist is to ask questions that support you to access those strengths and resources and draw on them to help you overcome the challenges you face. For more information on the solution focused approach, read my blog here.

What are meditative techniques?

Where appropriate and with your consent, in sessions we can uses progressive relaxation techniques to help you achieve a state of inner relaxation and focus. This can help you to process what we have worked on in session without distractions, as well as supporting you to remain calm, relaxed and focused on positive change.

What do I have to do?

There is only one thing you will be asked to do which is to cooperate and engage in the therapeutic process. You will usually sit on a couch or comfortable chair for the duration of the session. The therapy is solution focused so you won’t be asked to go into lots of detail about the history of any problems. We will be focusing on positive ways of moving forward.

Will I have to relive distressing experiences?

Solution Focused Therapy does not take you back to past experiences. The focus is on the present and on the future, and the positive changes you wish to make.

Will I need to do anything in between sessions?

Where appropriate, I will provide you with a task, a focus to think about, or a talking point to discuss with a friend or family member. I also offer a meditative MP3 which you are welcome to listen to between appointments, to lower general anxiety and support the work we do in session.

How do online and telephone sessions work?

Online and telephone consultations take the same form as face-to-face sessions. Many clients prefer online sessions as they find it easier to relax in the comfort of their own home, and don’t need to travel anywhere for an appointment. If you wish to book an online or telephone session please ensure you have a strong internet connection or phone signal, and somewhere you can comfortably relax without being disturbed.

Do I also need to see a GP?

If you are in any way concerned for your health, please book an appointment with your local GP. These sessions serve as an addition to, rather than a replacement for medical help.

Do you work with children?

I have an Enhanced DBS certificate to work with both children and vulnerable adults. I support both children and vulnerable adults in my work across multiple mental health charities in Bristol and across the UK.

If you are considering sessions for a younger family members, please get in touch via email hello@issymartin.co.uk or over the phone 01172 510 178 – I am happy to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.