What is Counselling?
- Counselling is an opportunity for you to discuss and explore your issues in a safe and respectful setting without being judged.
- Counselling is a time for you to be listened to and understood.
- It does not involve giving advice but instead will work towards exploring available options to help you manage your distress and develop positive coping strategies.
- Counselling can also work towards change and self-empowerment.
- It can increase and develop personal awareness to help you make sense of your feelings.
- Counselling is a unique and objective relationship that works at your own pace.
- Counselling is a process that happens over time.
As an Integrative Counsellor I use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic and Humanistic approaches along with various creative techniques to enable me to work effectively with you.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT helps you to understand the relationship between your thoughts, feelings, behaviour (actions), situations/environment and physical sensations. CBT aims to explore alternative ways to think and behave to help release you from negative patterns by challenging unhelpful thoughts as and when they occur. This involves practice, discipline, commitment to change and patience. CBT can teach you new skills to deal with different problems, e.g. depression, anxiety, phobias, addiction, anger, insomnia, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders and PTSD. CBT also addresses your underlying assumptions and core belief systems that may be holding you back.
Exploring unresolved issues and hidden conflict in your unconscious can help you become more aware of what is affecting your mood and behaviour. Techniques are used to help you understand your unconscious disturbances. Free association, therapeutic transference and interpretation are used to address the unresolved unconscious feelings.
Humanistic counselling focuses on improving your self-awareness, personal development and growth. It encourages you to explore and amplify your strengths, resources, skills and choices in the here and now.