There are many different styles of counselling available; the style chosen can have a significant impact on the successful outcome of your sessions. Please see below if you are interested in finding out more about different counselling styles before you get in touch. If you would prefer you can get in touch and arrange for a free consultation with our assessment team. The person you speak with will be happy to help you identify which style of counselling might best suit you and the issues you are facing.
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Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
ACT gets its name from one of its core messages: accept what is out of your personal control, and commit to action that improves and enriches your life. It does this by:
Teaching you psychological skills to deal with your painful thoughts and feelings effectively – in such a way that they have much less impact and influence over you
Helping you to clarify what is truly important and meaningful to you. You then use these ‘values’ to guide, inspire and motivate you to change your life for the better.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) helps you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. It encourages you to examine how your actions and thoughts can affect how you feel.
It is based on the idea that the way you think about a situation affects how you feel and act. In turn, your actions influence the way you think and feel. Therefore, it is necessary to change both thinking (cognition) and action (behaviour) at the same time. CBT is an active therapy and you will be expected to work on your problems between sessions.
Couples therapy is offered to support people in relationships who may be considering separation or seeking improved intimacy and understanding. In couple’s therapy, the relationship is the focus, although each partner should also expect to focus on self-improvement and self-awareness.
Successful therapy depends on each partner’s motivation and dedication to the process, and couples can expect to become better listeners and communicators and to find new ways to support one another. Goals will be established by the couple under the guidance of the therapist, and in order to achieve these objectives, each partner must be prepared to acknowledge and understand his or her role in the relationship.
Eye Movement Densensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a treatment that uses eye movements to stimulate the brain. It has been shown to make distressing memories feel less intense. If you have experienced a distressing event, you may feel overwhelmed and your brain may not be able to process the event like a normal memory.
The therapist will use alternating left-right stimulation of the brain while you are talking.They will do this by encouraging you to make specific eye movements, or they may use sounds or finger taps.This helps your brain process memories that appear frozen or blocked
This helps you to think about and understand life, so that you can live it well. It encourages you to focus on the basic assumptions you make about it, and about yourself, so you can come to terms with life as it is. It allows you to make sense of your existence.
The therapy helps you focus on how much you already take charge of your life, and not on what you are doing wrong. At the same time, it takes note of any real limitations, so that you can make choices based on a true view of the options available.
Family Systemic Therapy
It enables family members, couples and others who care about each other to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely, to understand each other’s experiences and views, appreciate each other’s needs, build on strengths and make useful changes in their relationships and their lives. Individuals can find Family Therapy helpful, as an opportunity to reflect on important relationships and find ways forward.
Research shows Family Therapy is useful for children, young people and adults experiencing a very wide range of difficulties and experiences
Family Therapy aims to be:
- Inclusive and considerate of the needs of each member of the family and/or other key relationships (systems) in people’s lives
- Recognise and build on peoples’ strengths and relational resources
- Work in partnership ‘with’ families and others, not ‘on’ them
- Sensitive to diverse family forms and relationships, beliefs and cultures
- Enable people to talk, together or individually, often about difficult or distressing issues, in ways that respect their experiences, invite engagement and support recovery.
Person-centred therapy is based on the principle that the Counsellor provides three ‘core conditions’ that are, in themselves, therapeutic.
- Empathy (the ability to imagine oneself in another person’s position)
- Unconditional positive regard
- Congruence (honesty and openness).
The relationship between you and your Counsellor will help to you to feel differently about yourself and your life.This can then help you to make changes in your life, if you decide you want to do so.
Hypnosis is a therapeutic procedure during which a practitioner facilitates change in the client’s sensations, perceptions, thoughts, or behaviour and is generally established by an induction, which includes suggestions for relaxation, calmness, and well-being.
Hypnosis can be used in the treatment of pain, depression, anxiety, stress, habit disorders, and many other psychological and medical problems. However, it may not be useful for all psychological difficulties. Before the decision to use hypnosis can be decided a consultation with a qualified hypnosis practitioner will need to be completed.
Within our service all practitioners are qualified and registered members of The British Society of Clinical & Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH).
Integrative and Eclectic
This is when several of the models of Counselling shown above are used together in a converging way rather than in separate pieces.The Counsellor may also select what is applicable to you from a range of theories, methods and practices.
The central idea is that psychological symptoms, such as depressed mood, can be understood as a response to current difficulties in relationships and affect the quality of those relationships.Typically, IPT focuses on conflict with another person, life changes that affect how you feel about yourself and others, grief and loss, difficulty in starting or keeping relationships going. The therapy has two key aims:
- Reduce symptoms of depression
- Improve how you relate to others and deal with social situations.
Life Management Skills
These therapies are based on CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) which focuses on the here and now, and helps to change unhelpful behaviours, challenge negative thinking patterns, and learn more helpful ways to deal with problems you are experiencing.
We use a guided self-help approach which involves regular support from a Life Management Skills Practitioner. They will guide you through a range of materials which will give you information to help you to understand why you think and behave the way you do and then to begin to make changes to manage or overcome the difficulties that you are experiencing.
Mindfulness-based Counselling help you focus on your thoughts and feelings without becoming overwhelmed by them.
Personal and Professional Coaching
Coaching programmes focus on practical issues, setting goals and achieving these goals within a specific time scale.The Coach will help you recognise and utilise your existing resources and challenge you to think in a new way.
There are tools and techniques that you will work through with your coach to help bring about change.Coaching can help in many capacities, both personally and professionally.
This approach stresses the importance of the unconscious and past experience in shaping current behaviour.You are encouraged to talk about childhood relationships with parents and other significant people and the therapist focuses on the client/therapist relationship.The Psychodynamic approach is derived from Psychoanalysis but usually provides a quicker solution to emotional problems.It helps people with a range of psychological disorders to make significant changes to how they make decisions and interact with others.
This therapy is specifically designed to help people living with difficulties that are of a psychological, sexual nature and that are too complex to be resolved on their own. The essential aim of psychosexual therapy is to identify the root cause of a sexual problem(s).
The Re-wind technique is a non-intrusive, safe and highly effective psychological method for detraumatising people, which can also be used for removing phobias. It should be carried out by an experienced practioner and is only performed once a person is in a state of deep relaxation.
When they are fully relaxed, they are encouraged to bring their anxiety to the surface and then are calmed down again by being guided to recall or imagine a place where they feel totally safe and at ease.
Their relaxed state is then deepened and they are asked to imagine that, in their special safe place, they have a TV set and a video player with a remote control facility. They are asked to imagine floating to one side, out of body, and to watch themselves watching the screen, without actually seeing the picture (creating a double dissociation). They watch themselves watching a ‘film’ of the traumatic event that is still affecting them. The film begins at a point before the trauma occurred and ends at a point at which the trauma is over and they feel safe again.
They are then asked, in their imagination, to float back into their body and experience themselves going swiftly backwards through the trauma, from safe point to safe point, as if they were a character in a video that is being rewound. Then they watch the same images but as if on the TV screen while pressing the fast forward button (dissociation).
All this is repeated back and forth, at whatever speed feels comfortable, and as many times as needed, till the scenes evoke no emotion from the client.
If the feared circumstance is one that will be confronted again in the future — for instance, driving a car or using a lift — the person is asked, while still relaxed, to see themselves doing so confidently.
Besides being safe, quick and painless, the technique has the advantage of being non-voyeuristic. Intimate details do not have to be made public.
This promotes positive change rather than dwelling on past problems.You will be encouraged to focus positively on what you do well and to set goals and work out how to achieve them. As little as 3 or 4 sessions may be beneficial.