About my Counselling
Counselling and psychotherapy usually falls into three categories:
- BehaviouralTherapies: which focus on cognitions and behaviour.
- Psychoanalytical and Psychodynamic Therapies: which focus on the unconscious relationship patterns that evolve from childhood.
- Humanistic Therapies: which focus on self development in the 'here and now'.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy [CBT]
This focuses on thoughts, emotions, feelings and actions and teaches clients how each one can have an effect on the other. It is useful for dealing with depression, anxiety and phobias.
This evolved from Psychoanalytic Therapy and seeks to discover how unconscious thoughts effect behaviour. It may be that a client could benefit from revisiting their past in order to explore and understand how it may be effecting their thoughts and feelings in the present.
Person Centred counselling
This is also known as 'client centred' or Rogerian Therapy. It focuses on an individuals self worth.Being valued as a person without being judged can help an individual accept who they are and reconnect with themselves.
Gaining awareness in the 'here and now' is a key aspect of Gestalt Therapy. Sometimes it can also be useful to use two empty chairs to enable two aspects of a client to 'talk' to eachother. This can be a very useful and powerful technique used when a client feels sufficiently comfortable with the counselling process.
T.A. is based on the theory that we each have three ego states. Parent,Adult and Child.We can be in any of these ego states at any time. We tend to get into one more than another particularly in relationships that are experiencing difficulty. It can be very useful to identify which ego state each member of a couple falls into. It is then possible to explore the dynamic that may be causing problems.
As an integretive counsellor I use any number of these approaches in the most appropriate way at the time.
The British Association Of Counselling and Psychotherapy is one of the largest and most respected counselling organisations in the UK.
To become an accredited member of the BACP a counsellor or therapist must have their training and counselling work submitted and approved. To retain the status of an 'accredited member' they must renew their application every year together with up to date training they have undergone in the intervening year.
To be a member of the BACP is to abide by their code of ethics. They can be viewed by visiting the website on: www.bacp.co.uk
In order to qualify as an accredited member a counsellor must undertake a certain number of supervision hours while they are seeing clients. This enables thwe counsellor to discuss their cases at a proffesional level and gain feedback and support for the work they do. This in turn, maintains the integrety and safety of the client counsellor relationship.
Counsellors and supervisors maintain a strict policy of confidentiality.