Everyone is unique as are the challenges that we all face in our daily lives. I use a number of different counselling approaches but no one method is superior to others. What is important is to find the right counselling strategy that will suit your individual needs.
Whichever route we take, you will be assured of privacy, confidentiality and of finding a safe place where you can work on personal issues without any fear of being judged.
People like to work in different ways and I acknowledge that within the counselling room. There are many different types of counselling. Some techniques are structured and encourage a focused approach, perhaps with an emphasis on achieving early change.
Others provide a more reflective opportunity to explore what is really going on at a deeper level within our emotional life. I work as an integrative therapist which means I try to bring together different ways of working to best fit with the needs of each individual client.
CBT can provide a more structured approach to counselling. CBT can involve a limited number of sessions which may be agreed in advance. CBT is based on the premise that there are bias in our way of thinking that can impact on our emotional health. If we can alter our thoughts and behaviours, this can improve our mood and our general sense of well-being.
Clients have often accomplished much in life without always recognising these achievements. In counselling there can sometimes be an understandable focus on the difficult issues that have brought individuals into therapy. As a result we may not pay enough attention to occasions when things have actually gone well. SFBT encourages clients to look back at successes and look ahead to a time when things will have improved.
We can use the positive nature of that experience to start the process of moving forward. This does not mean that we ignore the past or diminish the extent of the current challenges, but we do maintain a strong focus on positive outcomes.
This work is seen by some as being a more traditional approach to therapy. The premise is that even in adult life we can be impacted by earlier life events. Psychodynamic counselling can include a review of repeating patterns in life that may impact from the past into the present. It is often suggested by some therapists that these patterns may also repeat in some way in the therapy room. If we can identify those patterns and work through them in the counselling process, we can help to lessen the impact in the future.
Psychodynamic counselling can provide a useful approach where problems appear to be deep-rooted or when there is no immediately obvious focus for the client's concern. This type of counselling is more likely to be longer term and has traditionally been open ended.
With a particularly philosophical basis, Existential therapy encourages us to look at our place in the world, and what it means to be alive. The concept of individual choice is important and this type of therapy has a strong libertarian ethos. It encourages clients to look at issues with a particularly open and receptive mind. There is an emphasis on flexibility, with the individual holding the ability to create, adapt and redefine their personality and abilities, both in action and in relation to their surroundings.