Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling. Working towards MSc in Behavioural Psychology.
Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
An Holistic approach using a combination of the following theories as appropriate.
Devised by Carl Rogers and also called “Client-Centred” or “Rogerian” counselling, this is based on the assumption that a client seeking help in the resolution of a problem they are experiencing, can enter into a relationship with a counsellor who is sufficiently accepting and permissive to allow the client to freely express any emotions and feelings. This will enable the client to come to terms with negative feelings, which may have caused emotional problems, and develop inner resources. The objective is for the client to become able to see himself as a person, with the power and freedom to change, rather than as an object.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy looks at how we think about a situation and how this affects the way we act. In turn our actions can affect how we think and feel. The therapist and client work together in changing the client’s behaviours, or their thinking patterns, or both of these in order to find solutions to problems that are being experienced.
This approach stresses the importance of the unconscious and past experience in shaping current behaviour. 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 transference. Transference is when the client projects onto the therapist feelings experienced in previous significant relationships.
A time to look closely at the situations which are making us unhappy, to explore the what, the why and the how of why life isn't as we would like it to be. To work in a confidential non- judgemental relationship to hopefully learn to understand the experiences which may well be personal, familial or societal that have led us to the situation which is not where we want to be. Then to work towards achieving coping strategies and self understanding which will better equip us to meet the challenges of the future.
Counselling for small groups or couples where there are unresolved difficulties in the relationships. Informal opportunities to explore the root causes of the problems and to understand the way they affect each member of the relationship in a confidential non judgemental environment.
Counselling can give each partner in the relationship an opportunity to be heard without being interrupted or opposed... it may give us the opportunity to reflect on what made the relationship good at the beginning and explore what got in the way of that contentment; hopefully it can help to re-establish those lost feelings and to rebuild the relationship on better foundations.
Self confidence or self worth gives us the assuredness to face challenges and opportunities in life with out fear of being seen as not meeting the expectations of others. it also helps us understand that each of us has positive and negative aspects to our personalities but by focusing on our strengths rather than our weaknesses we can achieve confidence in all we attempt.
Counselling for Anger Management can provide a safe environment to explore the issues and learn how anger makes us or others affected by our anger feel. It can help us gain understanding of how to defuse potential challenging situations and to be able to express our emotions in a calm and controlled way whilst still being able to make others aware of the feelings we are experiencing.
By exploring the underlying triggers to our eating problems we can develop a more realistic understanding of our self image and self worth which may enable us to establish a more balanced relationship with food.
Having the opportunity for each member of a family in crisis to be heard by all the other members can help the whole family begin to understand the effects of individual behaviours or actions on other members. Sometimes it is possible to work towards a resolution of the challenges as a whole group. Sometimes initial sessions will identify needs of an individual family member that would be best dealt with on an individual basis. But it should certainly give the opportunity for each member of the family to feel valued and heard.