What Types of therapy do I offer?
In addition to counselling using talking therapy, some schools of therapeutic thought that I offer also include:
This therapy school is based on the idea that what we have experienced in our pasts informs how we experience the present. So, if something bad or stressful happened to someone in their past, it is possible that things today they feel are similar (even if they do not consciously know it) and might be causing them to feel certain emotions and hence behave in certain ways.
Exploring client’s pasts often leads to insights about their present, how they got there and why they are feeling or acting the way they are now.
Cognitive Behaviour Theory
This school of thought says that thoughts and behaviours can have effects on people’s moods. So if you are thinking thoughts like “I am going to mess up that interview” you may feel more anxious about going. This is one of the more evidenced-based therapies and often involves us designing and setting up “mini-experiments” to see what would happen to your mood if you did something differently or thought a different way about things.
In this way, we might find ways you can better manage your feelings, changing your mood and experience of life.
Person Centred Theory
This is the idea that each person has it within themselves to change whatever needs changing to grow, develop and feel better. This self-created growth is facilitated by a deep relationship with someone, often a talking therapist. Once the client feels they are being fully understood, they often make moves towards being and feeling better, knowing that whatever they do, they will be supported.
One of the most resilient findings in academic therapy research is that the quality of the relationship between client and therapist accounts for a lot of the therapeutic change that happens throughout the session; people who feel more connected to their therapists do better than those who do not. For this reason, I try very hard to embody the kind of empathetic relationship required by person-centred theory with my clients. This offers them the best chance possible of progressing, whatever other ideas we may use in sessions.
I would be happy to discuss any thoughts or questions you may have.