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- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Trauma focused CBT
- Video & Telephone remote therapy sessions
I tailor my approach to individual clients, depending on their particular needs and preferences. I mainly use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), however I am a pragmatist at heart, so I will integrate other evidence-based methods in order to do what works best for each client. I use a goal-orientated approach, to ensure that I stay on track with what clients want to achieve from therapy, whether this relates to short-term goals that lend themselves to briefer therapy, or a longer term, more in-depth exploration of long-standing issues. I see therapy as essentially a collaborative, problem-solving relationship and my emphasis is always on promoting a person’s autonomy so they take charge of their life and make the changes they want.
So how can psychological counselling help? While life can often be rewarding, sometimes it can feel less straightforward. We are subject to fears and worries, external pressures and are often constrained by negative self-judgements, criticisms and self-limiting beliefs. Sometimes we become overwhelmed and lose perspective, and it can seem hard to get back on top of things. This is when therapy can help. By identifying the problems and the obstacles that get in the way, we learn to develop greater compassion for ourselves and adapt to changing circumstances, finding new ways to manage our lives.
Basically, I value people and I care about them. My sense of purpose as a professional comes from using my own particular style to help people value and care about themselves. With renewed confidence in our own strengths, we can become more authentically ourselves, liberated from self-limiting beliefs, and living the life we choose.
Areas of interest
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; Integrative Therapy; Counselling Psychology; Coaching Psychology; adult mental health (including anxiety and panic, depression and unhappiness, eating disorders and body dissatisfaction, sexual issues, anger problems, PTSD, trauma and abuse, stress and burnout, insomnia and sleep problems); life events (including loss, bereavement, family and relationships, work, redundancy, retirement), unfulfilled potential, personal development; clinical supervision; research.
Adult mental health, counselling, coaching, trauma, abuse, self-harm, death, bereavement and mortality, the role of comedy in health and wellbeing.
Publications and presentations
Most recent publications:
• Silver, J. and Farrants, J. (2015) “I once stared at myself in the mirror for eleven hours”. Exploring mirror gazing in participants with body dysmorphic disorder. Journal of Health Psychology DOI: 10.1177/1359105315581516
• Cobb, S. and Farrants, J. (2014) Male prisoners’ constructions of help-seeking. Journal of Forensic Practice. 16 (1) pp 46-57
• Smith, F. and Farrants, J.R. (2013) Shame and Self-acceptance in continued flux: Qualitative study of the embodied experience of significant weight loss and removal of resultant excess skin by plastic surgery. Journal of Health Psychology, 18 (9) pp1129-1140.
• McGourty, A., Farrants, J., Pratt, R., Cankovic, M. (2010) Taking your participants home: Self-care within the research process. Counselling Psychology Review, vol. 25 (4)
• Farrants, J. (2009) Working with Trauma: Interpersonal and process issues in therapy for people suffering from the effects of traumatic experience. Saarbrucken: VDM Verlag Dr Muller Aktiengesellschaft & Co. KG.
• Hackett, A., Palmer, S. and Farrants, J.R. (2009) Phase 1 of an investigation into the levels of stress in United Kingdom hospice services. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 15 (2) pp 66-72.
Farrants, J.R. (2012) Review of: K.Sabbagh (2011) Remembering our Childhood: How memory betrays us. The Skeptic Magazine, Vol 23. No.4
Farrants J.R. (2012) Review of: C.Sanderson (2011) Introduction to Counselling Survivors of Interpersonal Trauma. London. Jessica Kingsley. In Child Abuse Review, Vol 21. No.6.
Farrants, J.R. (2011) Review of R.Altea (2011) The Realm Beyond. Rider and Co. The Skeptic Magazine, Vol 22. No.2
- DPsych Counselling Psychology City University 2002
- Post MSc Counselling Psychology City University 1997
- MSc Counselling Psychology City University 1996
- BSc Psychology University of East London 1993
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society BPS 2013
Details of entry to specialist register
- Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), 2010
- British Psychological Society (BPS), 1997
- Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (BPS), 2011
- Register of Chartered Scientists, 2011
Affiliations / memberships
Member, BPS Special Group in Coaching Psychology.
Member, Society for Coaching Psychology (membership no: 226)
Principal Member, Association of Business Psychologists (membership no: 1309)
Fellow, Higher Education Academy (HEA)