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.
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.
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.
Low Cost Counselling
Our low-cost Counselling is provided by highly trained student counsellors in their last year of training or newly qualified volunteer counsellors working towards British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) accreditation status.
Your referral will be assessed by one of our clinical team and you will be allocated accordingly to one of our trainee or volunteer counsellors based upon your current presenting needs.
All our trainee volunteer counsellors work within the BACP Framework for Counselling Professions (2018) and are DBS checked. They are also required and committed to attend regular supervision provided by the clinical team at Mind in West Essex.
Mindfulness-based Counselling help you focus on your thoughts and feelings without becoming overwhelmed by them.
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.
In these sessions we look at your issue and how it is affecting your ability to live a satisfying and enjoyable life. The sessions are conducted by using both Hypnotherapy and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and are sometimes supported by using Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT or ‘Tapping’ as it is often called). Light Hypnotherapy is used as you will need to communicate with the therapist, which means you are totally aware of your surroundings and your actions at all times.
As we travel through life it is easy to feel that life is running away with us, and sometimes we lose sight of our direction all together. Re-alignment Therapy helps you to identify where you are today, then working as a team we agree on a plan to get you back on track.
Each session is tailored to move you closer to your chosen goal and to do this we will use a variety of different processes. It has been known for one issue to be masking another, so when one is dealt with a new symptom could appear. This can be disheartening for the client, but by keeping to the agreed plan you will reach your goal.
A situation may arise where it is thought beneficial for you to have a double session so we can use a longer and more powerful process but if this becomes necessary we will discuss it then. These are your sessions and you are in control but sometimes we come across something that needs a bit more than one 50 minute session.
Re-alignment therapy is quick, effective, painless and very often fun. When we work together as a team it is amazing how you can change your life.
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.