About Counselling

Most of us will experience a time in our lives when we feel stuck, have lost our meaning, question the point and purpose to our existence, struggle with past experiences, find it hard to maintain relationships, struggle with stress or become overwhelmed by life events.

Types of Counselling

Although I practice Humanistic/Existential counselling, I believe that all approaches to counselling can provide important and helpful therapy for your problems. Listed below are the common approaches you’re likely to encounter and a summary of how they work.

Counselling is a very personal choice and if you don't find what you are looking for straight away do not be put off from shopping around until you find a counsellor who’s effective for you.

Humanistic/Existential Counselling

Adopts a holistic approach to the human existence. The humanistic approach looks at our existence in the world and the importance of finding meaning and purpose in life.

Humanistic therapy can be useful at increasing a person's self-awareness. The approach also attempts to help people gain control of their lives and make positive choices about their direction.

The therapist will explore ways for you to live a more fulfilling and happy life by discovering how to accept yourself for who you are.


CBT Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Works primarily short term working with phobias, irrational thoughts and behaviours. Believing everything is learned so therefore can be unlearned.

The CBT therapist will direct the work with useful tools,techniques, homework and goal setting to change your behaviour and/or thought processes.

The therapist will work with an identified issue presented by client and will aim to identify useful coping strategies.


Psychodynamic Counselling

Explores the relationship between the conscious and unconscious mind.

Looking at dreams and the influence our childhood and parenting have on our adult problems. The belief that our childhood greatly impacts our personality and life choices.

The therapist uses interpretations, which are a way of making sense to you about what is going on, in order to help you become aware of your unconscious feelings.


Integrative Counselling

Integrative therapists combine a little from each type of therapy without a specific grounding or focus on a particular counselling discipline.


Please note all approaches to therapy overlap in some of their thinking. Any good therapist will treat each client as an individual, adapting therapy to suit their needs. Good therapists will put great importance on the relationship with the client, accepting them as a unique human in a non judgemental way.

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