What is counselling?
Sometimes we go through times in our lives that cause us distress. It is hard, sometimes, to talk to family or friends that we are close to. Counselling offers a safe and confidential place for you to discuss any issues or distress you may be experiencing or even your dissatisfaction with life, or loss of direction or purpose.
By listening attentively and patiently I can begin to perceive your difficulties from your point of view and help you to see things more clearly and maybe from a different perspective. Counselling does not involve giving advice or direction. Counselling is led by you, the client. I do not judge and am here to listen and help you unravel your thoughts and feelings.
Person Centred Counselling
Person Centred Counselling is rooted in the humanistic philosophy that each person has the ability to move in the direction of a more fulfilling and satisfying way of being and living their lives. It is based on a trust in the inner resources of the client to find their own answers and direction. This is achieved when the client can fully understand how they interact with the world around them, how they experience themselves in relation to that world. This leads to greater self-awareness and acceptance, thus empowering the client to make their own choices and take control over their own lives. It is the client who knows what hurts and has the capacity within the safety of a therapeutic relationship to begin a healing process.
The essential qualities which I believe create a safe, supportive and challenging therapeutic environment include:
- A deep acceptance of the person
- A desire to understand that person
- A commitment to being genuine in the relationship.
These qualities offered consistently and professionally are the central characteristics of the Person Centred Approach.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy looks at emotional and behavioural problems by looking at patterns and moods. When we are absorbed in emotional problems we are not at our most rational. We can think in ways that upset us more. We think in a more negative way and our behaviour can be unhelpful which adds to our problems. The concept of CBT is that we can make choices in how we think which will in turn effect our emotions and consequently how we behave. CBT may include completion of some tasks to look at thought processes, if the client is happy and comfortable with this. The aim is to make the client more aware of thought processes and their effect, enable the client to make positive changes in thoughts, beliefs and assumptions and increase awareness of negative behaviours.