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What is counselling?

dreamstime_4413323_sIf you have a problem, counselling  is a process in which someone acts as an observer, helping you to see things more clearly for yourself.

As a counsellor I would not come along and 'fix' or 'cure' anyone.  I would enable the client to see their own situation from  a different perspective. Alongside this, may be the need to address strong emotions that are getting in the way of healthy living.  Sometimes this service is used for consultations in respect of concerns for a loved one. At other times, it is used to support someone whilst they are going through a difficult period in their life.

There are various forms of counselling, the approach known as the Human Givens is particularly non-intrusive and non-voyeuristic.  The counsellor does not need to know the details of whatever your memories hold, or what you may have experienced in the past.  Clients are not asked endless questions about the past, the information gathered is entirely at the discretion of the client.

All sessions are confidential.  The counsellor leaves all they have heard in the room.

What are the types of therapies that might be employed as part of the counselling?

dreamstime_1387056_sThis depends on the client and on their particular situation.  As a counsellor I would listen carefully in order to learn about  the client and to clearly understand their difficulty.   I find out what skills the client has that they can use to feel better and, where necessary, I coach clients in various strategies and techniques that will help them.

Any combination of the following therapies are likely to be used according to the situation:

Cognitive therapy - which will identify any negative beliefs or thoughts clients may have, and then to help remove them (often the way you think about something dictates how you feel about it).

Interpersonal therapy - which, where necessary, will develop a client's skills to enhance relationships

Behavioural therapy - to give clients a measure of control over their lives and which may also guide them into doing enjoyable activities.  Where appropriate, various relaxation skills may be taught to help reduce stress or anxiety.

Guided visualisation - a powerful technique which enables clients to use their own imagination to combat their difficulty.  This is particularly useful in reducing and defeating stress, anxiety, phobias, addictions and panic disorders.  It can also be of great benefit where clients are depressed.

In addition to the above some clients benefit from practical advice and creative problem-solving techniques to help bring about the changes to their situation.  Thus enabling the client to take back control of their emotions and move forward.

Measuring progress - we would also work out some achievable and realistic goals to focus on, starting with small manageable steps and continuing at a pace which suits you.  We will work together to set goals that are clear and meaningful to  you.

How long does treatment last?

I would aim to get you back to happy, healthy living as quickly as possible.  Sometimes one session is enough, sometimes it takes four or five, some people need more.  I will remain in the background then, like a doctor or dentist, and then can be available if help is needed again.  Each session lasts approximately one hour.

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