In France, psychotherapy is still mainly associated with psychoanalysis and the anglo-saxon concept of Counseling doesn’t have a proper translation.
My practice is based on the Palo Alto Brief Therapy Model, also known as Family Therapy. It is systemic and experiential. I enjoy working almost half of my time in English, a language I learnt as a teenager. My office is located in Central Paris, near Gare de Lyon. So, if you are looking for an English-speaking therapist or counselor in Paris, let’s meet!
My personal style
You can read in this blog theoretical articles about my model, as well as experiences made with a few clients who have given me permission to share them, with respect for their privacy. In terms of relationships, I see my role as Carl Rogers, father of Client-centered Therapy, describes it:
If I can create a relationship characterized on my part by a genuineness and transparency, in which I am my real feelings;
by a warm acceptance of and prizing of the other person as a separate individual;
by a sensitive ability to see his world and himself as he sees them;
Then the other individual in the relationship will experience and understand aspects of himself which previously he has repressed;
will find himself becoming better integrated, more able to function effectively;
will become more sililar to the person he would like to be;
will be more self-directing and self-confident;
will become more of a person, more unique and more self-expressive;
will be more understanding, more acceptant of others;
will be able to cope ith the problems of life more adequately and more comfortably.
Carl Rogers (1961) On becoming a person, Houghton Mifflin
The first session is the most important to create a trusting relationship.
This session happens face to face and is free of charge and engagement. It allows us to get acquainted and begin to build a working relationship. Not in detail but enough for both of us to figure out whether we are a good match. At the end of this meeting, you can answer these questions :
Does Cécile understand my situation, my expectations, my concerns?
Do I feel safe to put sensitive topics on the table?
Has she made me experiment her coaching style? I am I feeling about that?
How comfortable am I with her work settings?
What are the next steps if we work together?
On my end, I also ponder whether I feel capable of helping you:
Do I feel empathy for you, does your situation resonate with me?
Do I feel competent to help you achieve your specific goal?
Is there a conflict of interest I should make you aware of ?
I answer all these questions and others you might have, immediately if possible.
The bulk of your first therapy session is aimed at setting the ground for an effective relationship.
We address topics such as:
- Confidentiality and data protection,
- Your goal for the therapy and minimal results you want to achieve,
- Duration and location of the sessions, cancellation and rescheduling rules,
- Information you want to bring to the relationship: psychometrics, school or work assessments, medical reportz
- People you think might support you in achieving your coaching goals (parent, child, partner,…)
- Previous counselling experiences and your expectations towards my counselling styl
- A meeting calendar.
Every subsequent session starts with the debriefing of an experiment we have agreed on at the end of the previous session.
The learnings you make through these experiments are our working material for the session: they help us measure progress and take new steps. Your engagement to lead them is paramount to your success.