My approach to counselling & psychotherapy
I use a variety of counselling models, some of which are outlined below:
Psychodynamic Counselling / Psychotherapy uses the therapeutic relationship, to gain insight into unconscious relationship patterns that have developed since childhood. The model is based on acceptance, empathy and understanding, of the client with a positive working alliance that fosters trust. Memories of early relationships and significant influences are examined to make sense of what may be happening for someone in the present. The process of change occurs as clients become increasingly aware of the power of the unconscious, including instincts, defence mechanisms, and the rules of life, they have learned which govern their behaviour. An awareness of the source of these behaviours some of which may be unhelpful can help clients become empowered to make desired changes in their lives.
In this approach clients are provided with an opportunity to explore creativity, personal growth, and self development. The foundations of the humanistic approach provide the client with an increased understanding of who they are, what they feel, and the opportunity to explore the possibility of creating personal choices. This approach assists the client to have increased self awareness and self realisations.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
This therapy focuses on “Cognitions” thoughts that control behaviour. It encourages clients to think about themselves, the world and other people and ways in which actions affect thoughts and feelings. Part of this approach is to deconstruct situations that are stressful, to list positive and negative thoughts and work toward transforming the negative thoughts into more positive ones. This can help give the client a constructive attitude to difficulties.
Solution focused Brief Therapy
This encourages positive change rather than looking at the past. Clients are encouraged to focus positively on what they do well, to set realistic goals and work out how to achieve them.
This is when several models of counselling are used to assist clients, rather than separately. For example Psychodynamic Counselling may help a client uncover origins of a fear or phobia. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can help the client understand their thoughts about the fear challenging them and moving toward a solution.