What is Counselling?

Counselling is often described as a 'talking therapy'. The aim is to empower people experiencing difficulty to make changes in their life, enabling them to move forward. People are asked to express their feelings, thoughts, memories or dreams. Difficult experiences throughout life, especially childhood, can have lasting effects on how we think, feel, behave and relate to others. 

It is a 3 point process aimed at providing clients with (1) The time and space to explore their issues. (2) To develop an understanding of their issues. (3) To identify a strategy to resolve or come to terms with their issues.

Counselling is about establishing a safe, non-judgmental and confidential environment in which the client will be listened to and heard.

My counselling approach is referred to as Integrative Counselling. This allows me to integrate the four main counselling approaches in a way best suited to the client's presenting issues.

The four main counselling approaches are:

Person Centred
Aims to activate our self healing, self fulfilling qualities

Psychoanalytical
Explores early childhood relationships with parents and parental figures and how that may influence us in the present. Attempts to recognise the role of our unconscious mind

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Examines our assumptions, thoughts, beliefs and behaviours. The basic concept being that we can damaged more by our interpretation of an event or experience, rather than by the event or experience itself.

Transactional Analysis
Examination of our personality and how it may influence our present behaviour. Provides an analysis of relationships past and present.