Here is a brief description of the different types of counselling and therapy techniques I use. If you would like more information on any of them, please give me a call.
To a degree this is a “catch-all” term for the process of helping an individual to face, come to terms with and deal with feelings and emotions they have about an issue in their lives. The counselling process is one that facilitates and will probably use one or more of the other techniques on this page – although the client may not realise it at the time! Counselling is a collaborative process and not one that can be engaged in without the client’s full cooperation and consent.
CBT addresses two very important aspects of the way we deal with our problems; the way we think about them (cognitive), and the way we act as a result (behavioural).
Transactional analysis is based on the idea that we have three parts to our personality, parent, adult and child, and that these three interact (transact) with each other. When these transactions are unclear, problems can occur, and transactional analysis can therefore help to resolve issues that arise.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a relatively new therapy that helps to “unblock” the way the brain processes memories, so that traumatic memories can become “ordinary” memories.
Hypno-psychotherapy is simply “the branch of psychotherapy which uses hypnosis”. Hypnosis is used with other types of therapy, such as counselling, psychotherapy and reiki to treat a wide range of physical, psychological and emotional disorders.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing.
A massage of the head, shoulders and scalp that originated in India and which will soothe away stress and tension, leaving you refreshed, relaxed and with a renewed clarity of mind.
Person centred counselling starts from the premise that each individual is their own best judge and the person best qualified to speak about their own experiences. It therefore follows that each person also has the potential within themselves to grow and develop. Person centred counselling recognises that sometimes the conditions for growth and development are not what they should be, and aims to address that.
Integrative psychotherapy draws on many different approaches and theories that help bring a greater awareness of feelings, thoughts and behaviour, resulting in opportunities for new learning. The therapy allows for the examination of how an individual relates to him/herself and to others, including a focus on both present-day relationships and the lingering influences of childhood relationships on the formation of beliefs, feelings and behaviour.
Psychodynamic therapy in general terms embraces all therapies related to the analytic nature. This is a long term therapy that may be of benefit to people who have big issues in their past and who are able and prepared to accept that these issues have coloured their whole life. It gives the client an opportunity to talk about him/herself and gain a better understanding of how their mind works.
As its name implies, this is a therapy that focuses on what the client wants to achieve, rather than on problems. It does not focus on the past, but on the present and future, and will help to identify the things that a client wishes to change, whilst retaining things that they do not wish to change.
Using creative tools such as art, drawings, sand, clay, symbols and dream interpretation to explore our inner world, which may be difficult to express in talking therapies.
This particular approach is usually offered to help change addictive behaviours as well as make sense of ambivalent feelings. It can also be used to make other changes, such as preventing offending or promoting healthy behaviours. Ambivalence is what you experience when you feel two ways about something; we want change AND we want to stay the same. This is a normal process and the focus would be to explore this internal conflict to bring about behavioural change.
Life Coaching is a process that enables learning and development to occur and, as a result, performance to improve. Life coaching can focus on a belief system and help with the setting of clear goals. Life coaching helps to break negative belief patterns and set challenging aspirations, using mentoring, values assessment, behaviour modification, behaviour modelling and goal setting.
Continual arguments and bickering, communication problems, trust issues, poor sex life and growing apart are just some of the issues faced in relationships. Couple counselling enables the exploration the difficulties within a relationship and seeks to find new and helpful ways forward.
This is a form of psychotherapy in which a small group of clients are treated together as a group. The focus is on the group process, which is utilised as a mechanism of change. Group therapy can be very effective for depression or anxiety, confidence building, traumatic stress and sexual abuse.
When people have made big changes in their lives, such as dealing with alcohol or drug abuse, a relapse may occur, risking a slip back into the old ways of behaving. Relapse prevention therapy seeks to increase coping skills and create a lifestyle that supports the decision to change. It allows the individual to learn more about situations that might lead to a relapse and to deal with them in a positive manner.