Our counselling approaches
We can offer a variety of counselling approaches.
We can offer a variety of Counselling approaches. It is important to note that one approach is not better than another. The most important factor is that you feel comfortable with your Counsellor to talk through your issues.
If you are not sure where to begin, the counsellor can help you talk about things, but they cannot decide what you need to talk about. Counselling is a collaborative approach where both you and the counsellor will work together to gain an understanding, reach a level of acceptance, and make changes. Talking to a counsellor can help increase your awareness of how you are feeling, or bring a level of understanding that reduces the distress or unhappiness. Some of the most important aspects of counselling is receiving acknowledgement of your feelings and your situation. Talking things through can bring great relief, and allow changes to be made.
We follow the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions and provide regular supervision for all counsellors to ensure clients receive a safe and professional service. Our aim is to help you develop the ability to deal with problematic situations you may face in your life, not only now but also in the future.
Person Centred counselling
Person or client-centred therapy is based on the view that everyone has the capacity and desire for personal growth and change, given the right conditions. Rather than being seen as the expert and directing the therapy, the counsellor offers unconditional positive regard, empathy and congruence to help you come to terms with any negative feelings and to change and develop in your own way.
The basic principle of pluralistic therapy is that different people are helped by different processes and activities at different times, and that the best way of deciding on how therapy should proceed is to engage the client in a process of shared decision-making.
COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL TECHNIQUE
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy that looks at your thoughts, feelings and behaviours and helps to change some of these to manage your problems.
A key part of this is identifying the negative thinking patterns that you may feel trapped in, helping you to break free from these and to feel better.
The way we think about situations affects the way we feel and behave. If we view a situation negatively, we may experience negative emotions and feelings which lead us to behave in an unhelpful way. Your therapist will help you identify and challenge any negative thinking so you can deal with situations better and behave in a more positive way
Integrative counselling looks at the whole person, taking into account your mental, physical and emotional needs. Your therapist will use techniques and tools from different modalities to tailor an individual approach for you.
An integrative counsellor aims to build a trusting and non-judgmental relationship that helps you develop self-awareness. When you understand the causes of your concerns or triggers for your behaviour, you can confidently set goals and develop new behaviours to improve your satisfaction with life.