So what is it I do then? Let me explain.
There are so many counselling theories it still seems to surprise me. Some theories people will have heard of, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT. Primarily because it is mainly what is prescribed on the NHS. CBT is brilliant and works for many people for many things but does not always go deep enough to address the core reason for why somebody might be feeling a certain way.
I work in a way that brings different theories or modalities together to become a whole, this is called an integrative way of working where the therapeutic relationship between us is the base upon which we build everything. This is based on the Person-Centred Theory (a theory that puts you, the client, at the centre of everything) and forms my core beliefs as a counsellor such as “As no one else can know how we perceive, we are the best experts on ourselves” (Carl Rogers). Basically you are the expert on yourself, not me nor anybody else. As such, it is not up to me to tell or advise you what to do but for you to find your own “way of being”. My role is to walk with you on your journey and provide a safe, non-judgmental space within which to explore this and work with you to unpack whatever is going on. To do this I might use use elements of Gestalt theory (a theory that works with the uniqueness of the individual’s experience), or Transactional Analysis (the way people communicate with each other) – just with less emphasis on the analysis part!
If you have stayed with me and read this far I thank you as I can waffle on about this until the cows come as I love it so much!
I work in person or face to face, online via Zoom or on the telephone, I don’t offer email or SMS counselling.
I invite you to come and try counselling for yourself; get in touch and book your first session, or give me a call to discuss any of this further. I look forward to speaking to you soon.
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