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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.
Whilst anxiety is generally concerned with the future, trauma is generally concerned with the past. When we experience traumatic events such as rape, abuse or being involved in an event which threatened our lives or our physically integrity, we can find it difficult to be in the moment and live our lives like we did before. Intense fear and feelings of helplessness are common in those who have experienced trauma who can also experience unexpected intrusive thoughts that can be extreme and painful. When remembering the traumatic event we may re-experience the same painful and terrifying feelings that we experienced when the event originally occurred; this is called re-traumatisation.
I work with clients to help them understand why they responded to the trauma in the way they did and to address how the consequences of the trauma and how they are affected the client now. I also provide the client with a safe space to express their emotions help them to be in the now rather than the past. Some clients find it useful to gain an understanding of how the brain and body responds to trauma.
As someone who has provided counselling via private practice and a number of employee assistance programmes (EAPs) to various individuals addressing trauma I am knowledgeable, skilled and experienced 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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