Therapy

Therapy

All our Counsellors and Psychotherapists work from a variety of theories.  These therapies range from Psychoanalysis, Humanistic Psychotherapy, Behavioural Therapies and many others, please enquire if you are looking for a specific type of therapy which is not mentioned here.  The following is a brief description of therapies we specialise in:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

This is a combination of Cognitive and Behavioural techniques.  It helps to learn to change thoughts and expectations, relaxation techniques are also used.  It has been effective for stress-related ailments, phobias, obsessions, eating disorders and (at the same time as drug treatment) major depression.

Gestalt Therapy

This focuses on the whole of your experience, including feelings, thoughts and actions.  It helps gain self-awareness in the `here and now' by analysing behaviour and body language, and talking about feelings.  This can include acting out scenarios and dream recall.

Humanistic Therapy

This approach encourages you to think about your feelings and take responsibility for your thoughts and actions.  It highlights on self-development and achieving highest potential.  Here we look at person as a whole.  Your creative instincts can be used to explore and resolve personal issues.

Integrative Therapy

This approach uses several distinct models of counselling and psychotherapy together.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) 

This is often used with other therapies to help to create own choice and flexibility.  It is based on a number of principles such as ‘we either already have all the resources we need or we can create them'.  NLP is a means to finding out how you do something well and then repeating the process with a goal of ‘excellence for all'.

Person-Centred Therapy

This approach is based on the assumption that  you seek help in the resolution of a problem you are experiencing, through acceptance, and freely expressing any emotions and feelings, you will come to terms with negative feelings, which may have caused emotional problems, and develop inner resources. The aim is for you to become able to see yourself as a person, with the power and freedom to change, rather than as an object.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy/Counselling

This approach stresses the importance of the unconscious and past experience in shaping your current behaviour.  You are encouraged to talk about childhood relationships with parents and other significant people.

Online and Telephone Counselling

This type of counselling takes place online, by email or over the telephone.  Instead of talking about your problems with a counsellor face to face, you talk over the telephone or write about them.  This is useful if you find it hard to travel or would find it hard to talk with a counsellor in person.  This type of counselling although not a theoretical approach still follows the Guidelines for Good Practice of the professional body we are members of, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).