Types of Therapy Offered
I have trained as an integrative therapist, which helped me develop my understanding of Person-Centred Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Attachment Theory.
What is Person-Centered Counselling?
The person-centred approach believes that in the right circumstances, an individual can reach their full potential and become their true self.
As a therapist, I can offer you some of the core conditions which encompass this way of working. These include:
Unconditional Positive Regard - Accepting and valuing you as an individual.
Congruence - Being honest and transparent in how I experience you as a person and the environment in which you live. Through the use of exploration, I aim to really understand you as an individual.
Empathy - Listening to you without judgement to understand your views.
Why a Person-Centred Approach?
The great thing about this approach is that it gives you, as the client, the autonomy to discuss whatever you want to bring to the therapy session. Your counselling sessions will be your time to discuss the things that are important to you.
What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or 'CBT' for short is a type of therapy which looks at your thoughts, feelings and behaviours with a view to changing some of these to provide a positive change.
Ever had negative thoughts pop into your head?
Ever wondered why you view certain situations in a more negative way than others?
I understand that such negative thoughts can lead to negative emotions which can be distressing and difficult to deal with. Together we can look at the evidence which either supports or dissolves these thoughts. In addition, such work may allow us to identify any longer held assumptions you may have about yourself with a view to understanding them and constructing new, more positive assumptions.
This style of therapy can be suited towards people who prefer a more scientific and practical style of therapy.
What is Attachment Theory?
Attachment Theory was initially narrated by John Bowlby in the 1950's who researched the effects of infants when separated from their parents. Whilst you might be wondering how this is relevant to your therapy, let me explain!
Through your earliest interactions with those people who care for you, a system develops which in turn guides you when you make and maintain new relationships, even in adulthood. If someone was neglected as a child then this system might reinforce the notion that expressing emotional needs to a loved one won't be worthwhile. The result of this is that you might have learned to bottle your feelings up. Alternatively, if your needs were always met as a child, then it is possible that emotionally connecting with a loved one is something you are able to do easily.
These are two examples but it demonstrates that during therapy we can begin to understand these patterns of behaviour and how they might be influencing your current relationships. When people have a better understanding of the problems they face, it can put them in a stronger position to make the positive changes they want.