Counselling isn't about giving advice or me telling you what to do, it's exploring thoughts and feelings about issues and concerns and having an opportunity to discover how to move forward in life.
Some counsellors use just one type of approach, but I use the three main proven approaches used within counselling - psychodynamic, person-centred (sometimes referred to as humanistic) and cognitive-behavioural. This gives you more choice of how you want to look at your issues which, in turn, creates the flexibility to flow with the different ways to move towards your personal goals.
As with most therapies, for the therapy to be effective, it is vital to focus on what happens in the relationship between client and counsellor. Research shows that the relationship with your therapist or counsellor is as important as the actual method they use.
Please see www.bacp.co.uk and www.counselling-directory.org.uk to find further information on counselling approaches.
Beginning your Therapy
If you have not had experience of counselling before or have had a poor experience in the past, you may have mixed feelings or feel nervous about contacting me. When we embark on anything new or something which we may expect to be negative, there are natural anxieties that emerge. I am more than happy to spend a few minutes on the telephone to talk through these with you before you commit to booking an appointment.
At your first appointment we look at what you want to talk about. Some people are clear at the start with what they are looking for and others need a few sessions to think it through, either way is fine.
I will ask some general questions about you and if you have any concerns or questions then this is a good opportunity to discuss these too. This all helps us decide whether it is the right place for you.
If it is, then we agree on weekly sessions of 50 minutes at usually the same time each week, although occasionally this might alter in certain cases (e.g. where people work different shifts).
If your therapy is being funded by someone else then a certain number of sessions may be offered so we look at how to work together within that time frame.
If you are funding yourself then it is called open-ended therapy where we do not decide on an ending date and the therapy is ongoing incorporating review sessions along the way.
Clients Experience Positive Change
Through verbal feedback and written data I am pleased to report that around 95% of clients feel they have benefitted from their experience at Integrative Counselling.
However, client confidentiality means that it is not possible to give further information on this website about particular clients and their outcomes.
Of course, success depends on the existence of a number of different factors but you can be confident that these are identified at the initial assessment stage and if it did not seem likely that counselling, psychotherapy or EMDR would benefit you then we would not go ahead. Instead, we would explore alternative options together.
BACP Definition of Counselling and Psychotherapy
"Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing."
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