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Person Centred Counselling
The Person Centred approach believes that as human beings we will move towards doing what is best for us when we are provided with the right environment in which the therapeutic core conditions of empathy, acceptance and genuineness can be experienced. Person Centred counselling and psychotherapy has a strong focus on a positive relationship being established between client and counsellor. As someone who has received and provided Person Centred counselling I can see from a personal and professional level the benefits this way of working can bring. If you'd like to know more about the Person Centred approach please visit The British Association for the Person Centred Approach.
Experiencing abuse, whether it be recent sexual abuse, rape or violence, or historic childhood abuse can have a significant impact on our lives. It can cause anxiety, sleepless nights, low self-esteem and a number of issues. Some of us bottle up our emotions believing that this is the best thing to do, others turn to drugs and alcohol as a way to deal with the consequences of the abuse and block out the intrusive thoughts, and others attempt to take their own life. Blame, guilt, anger, shame, confusion and despair can be experienced, and counselling can help clients to appropriately express these emotions and find ways of coming to terms with the abuse.
I work with clients to help them understand why they didn’t respond to the abuse in a way in which they thought they would have done and to explore ways of addressing the effects of the abuse that are more effective than drugs, alcohol, suicide or bottling up emotions.
As someone who has provided counselling and support to children and adults addressing various forms of recent and historic abuse I am knowledgeable, skilled and significantly experienced and specialise in working with these issues.
I work with clients to help them make the best use of our time together by identifying what they’d like to achieve from counselling. I do not tell people what to do or make them talk about things they don’t want to but I do help people to address and express their feelings, explore their thoughts and understand their behaviour and reactions in a safe, therapeutic and non-judgemental environment.
I am an eclectic counsellor/psychotherapist which means I use different elements of therapeutic approaches, namely Person Centred Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (see below). I will tailor my approach specifically for you.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT focuses on exploring a person’s thought process and perception of their situation. This approach believes that how we think about our situation and the beliefs that we attach to it affect our behaviour and in turn create the emotions we struggle to deal with. CBT highlights that by thinking differently about our situation, we will then behave and feel differently. If you'd like to know more about CBT please visit The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies.
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy aims make effective use of time by focusing more on solutions rather than problems. The approach aims to create positive change by identifying a person’s preferred and realistic future and by building on what a person is already doing, or has already done to manage their situation. If you'd like to know more about the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy approach please visit The Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association
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