MS-UK Counsellor Mark Howe introduces single session therapy – could it be right for you?
Last year MS-UK piloted single session therapy (SST) as a different way of working with clients who register for the counselling service.
As the name suggests, SST is a one-off session with a member of the MS-UK Counselling team, all of whom are registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Our usual counselling service is a course of six sessions.
The single session lasts a maximum of 1.5 hours. Prior to the session, you specify an issue you would like to work on. Then, the counsellor and you work together as a team to explore the issue and identify a plan of action, which you can put into place immediately after the session comes to an end. This is designed to either resolve the issue, or support you in reducing its impact, thus making it easier to live with.
Although this a new service for us here at MS-UK, the concept itself is not new. One of the first therapists who practised SST was Sigmund Freud. It is reported that the pioneer of long-term psychoanalysis carried out two well-known single-session treatments in 1893. Renowned therapists such as Alfred Adler, Milton Erickson and Albert Ellis pioneered the use of single therapy sessions. It wasn’t until 1990, however that the field of SST became an established technique.
In its modern day form, SST is a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), or a solution-focused concept. CBT was developed in the 1960s by Aaron Beck, with solution-focused therapy being developed in America during the 1980s by Steve De Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg. Modern day SST is a product of both of these approaches, with Windy Dryden being perhaps the best known promotor of SST.
To date, MS-UK have had a number of clients taking part in the SST pilot. Feedback from those of you who have engaged with the single session has been positive and encouraging. Clients are encouraged to be honest and open with the counsellor they are working with in order to get the most from the experience. Personally, as a member of the MS-UK Counselling team, I have been surprised by how much can be achieved in an hour and a half if the client is motivated to make change. I think it is fair to say SST is not for everyone, but for those clients who can connect and engage, the rewards are impressive.
Could you benefit?
To register, please go to our webpage www.ms-uk.org/ms-uk-single-session-therapy. If possible, we would ask that a suggested donation of £25, or an amount of your choosing, is made in advance for the session to enable us to continue this work and provide support where it is needed most.
Have you ever thought about your self-esteem? Asks MS-UK counsellor Louise Willis
There are a wide spectrum of feelings, thoughts and beliefs that we can have about ourselves and how we fit in to the world around us. To find out more about where you might fit in, you can ask yourself the following questions.
If you have answered ‘no’ to any of the above questions, you may have low self-esteem.
Low self-esteem often comes from events in life that have left us feeling bad about ourselves. The reactions we can have can be long lasting and often go unchallenged as they can feel like they are a part of us, when in fact they were a reaction to an issue that may have happened long ago.
The good news is that there are lots of self-help strategies which can help us to shift these negative and unhelpful beliefs and begin to build self-esteem.
Calling all canine companions! This March, MS-UK are inviting you to join #TeamPaws and take part in our pawsome Big Purple Dog Walk. Wherever you are in the country now is the pawfect time for you and your best four-legged friend to stay active and make every walk matter to help people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS).
During MS-UK’s loneliness and isolation research, we noticed that our furry friends play a big part in the MS Community, whether that be keeping their owner's company, being the reason someone may go outside each day, or simply by just being there! That is why MS-UK has launched an exclusive virtual event... just you and your dogs!
So whether your pooch is a pampered Poodle, a delicate Dachshund or a loving Labrador all hounds are welcome to put their paws to the test and help to raise pawsome funds for MS-UK. Everyone that takes part will receive an exclusive MS-UK dog bandana to wear with pride during the challenge. When you raise your target of £100, your dog will receive their very own rosette and certificate for their achievements.
We have some examples for you below, but feel free to get creative, and remember it must be completed by the end of March!
Whatever you decide to do, there are huge benefits to you and your beloved pets by getting outside for some fresh air.
Does your neighbour have a dog that could join you for The Big Purple Dog Walk? Or does a local family member have a dog that you could team up with?
What are you waiting for? Get your collars on and grab your leads… let’s go walkies for MS!
Click the button below or call 01206 226500 for more information.
MS-UK’s Peer Support Coordinator Vicky welcomes you to our new services which will connect you with others for support and more
Hi, my name is Vicky, and for the past six years I worked as the centre assistant at MS-UK’s wellness centre.
One of the most positive elements of the centre was that it gave people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) an opportunity to meet others, to share experiences and offer each other support and encouragement.
When the first lockdown began in March 2020, we knew that our main priorities had to be to ensure people not only continued to stay physically active, but also to remain connected with their peers.
This meant that we had to get creative and use technology to help. Our approach proved to be successful, and the feedback we received showed that these interactions went a long way in helping our people feel less isolated – particularly during such a challenging and uncertain time.
We have learned a great deal this past year, and our experience using digital platforms has shown us just how much we can offer, and how much further our reach can be, to help support those living with MS.
As we step into 2021, we are really excited about the new services we will be offering online. There is one that I am particularly thrilled to be a part of, because it has provided me with a new role at MS-UK!
Join our Peer Pods!
We will be offering everyone that engages with us through our online activities the opportunity to join a Peer Pod. These will be groups that will be formed to allow attendees to get together online. We will look to recruit a volunteer from within each group whose role it will be to arrange and facilitate regular sessions, with the aim of creating a positive and supportive space in which you can come together, whether that be to motivate and inspire each other, or just to socialise in general.
It is our hope that in doing so, you will gain the many benefits that we have seen peer support can bring – such as connection, understanding, encouragement and (importantly) laughter.
With that all being said, this is MS-UK’s new ‘Peer Support Coordinator’, saying goodbye for now, and hoping to see you in the very near future!