Our Counselling (Integrative) Approach
Focuses on Cognitive and Behavioural techniques, where the client learns ways of changing problematic thoughts and behaviour. Both counsellor and client collaboratively, take a practical and strategic approach, with goal-setting and examining thought processes.
The CBT counsellor encourages client self-therapy, involving homework assignments or practice exercises. The client practices CBT skills learned in therapy at home and records their thought or behavioural experiences through journal keeping, as part of the therapeutic process.
The client is encouraged to use relaxation techniques (e.g. breathing exercises, etc.) to effectively relieve stress-related ailments, phobias, obsessions, depression and eating disorders (simultaneously with GP prescribed drug treatment).
Derived from the German word for "organized whole" focusing on the whole of the client's experience (feelings, thoughts and actions). The client gains self-awareness in the `here and now' by analysing behaviour and body language. The client talks about and expresses suppressed feelings and acting out scenarios and dream recall, to help move beyond any painful emotional blocks.
The most critical development of this humanistic approach, is the emphasis on the positives. Both client and counsellor work within an accepting and non-judgmental relationship, where the client is free to express any emotions and feelings albeit negative feelings, which may have been problematic. During therapy, the client gains autonomy, where he/she develops the ability to see himself as a person, not as an object. This allows him/her to experience the freedom to change what needs to be changed, working toward achieving their goals and reaching self-actualization.
This analytic approach attempts to explain how current behaviour can be influential by unconscious thoughts and feelings and past experiences with emphasis on recurring patterns of relationships. It aims to explore various layers of the personality (neurosis, psychosis) revealing flaws in the development and imbalances, between parts of the personality.
It delves into deeply forgotten or buried material to help the client find a way of expressing thoughts and feelings; and to find relief and transformation in their lives.
The client is encouraged to talk about childhood relationships with parents and other significant people and the therapist focuses on the client/therapist relationship (the dynamics) and in particular on the transferences.
Transactional analysis (TA) is a method commonly used by therapists, to analyse transactions and their outcomes in relationships between two people, whether satisfactory or unsatisfactory (e.g. past relationships, a conversation or meeting).
This model is used in therapy, to assess the reason why relationships go wrong or right, as most transactions between two people are okay. However, from time to time, something goes wrong in the transactions, which results in an unsuccessful outcome.
By assessing the three ego states (Parent, Adult, Child - PAC), the therapist can determine the position the client plays in the relationship, reviewing the games that are played, the rituals and scripts involved, to analyse why the transactions may work or not work, hence conflicts (crossed transactions) or communication (complementary transactions).
Effective Approach to Counselling:
+ Empathic understanding
+ Feelings and emotions considered
+ Friendly manner
+ Good rapport
+ Good listening skills
+ Help with goal-setting
+ Respecting others
+ Unconditional Positive Regard
+ Valuing others
Areas of specialty include:
- Age-related issues
- Anger management
- Building self-esteem / self-confidence
- Child sexual abuse
- Difficulties at work
- Emotional problems
- Family relationships
- Family problems
- Fear; panic attacks
- Financial struggles
- Life-coping strategies
- Loneliness; isolation
- Mental Health issues: depression; bipolar disorders; BPD; OCD;
- Managing Depression
- Migration/Immigration issues (non-legal)
- Negative / irrational thoughts
- Post traumatic stress disorder
- Stop Smoking Support
- Stress; anxiety
- Substance abuse (Alcohol)
Other areas of interest:
• Group Support
• Christian coaching & mentoring
• Christian counselling
• Multicultural counselling (inclusive of all backgrounds/culture)
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