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All our Counsellors and Psychologists work from a variety of theories. These therapies range from Psychoanalysis, Humanistic Psychotherapy, Behavioural Therapies and many others, please enquire if you are looking for a specific type of therapy which is not mentioned here. The following is a brief description of therapies we specialise in:
Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)
Solution-focused therapy also known as solution-focused brief therapy or brief therapy – is an approach to psychotherapy based on solution-building rather than problem-solving. Although it acknowledges present problems and past causes, it predominantly explores an individual’s current resources and future hopes.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
ACT is a type of psychotherapy that is tied in complete psychological flexibility and adjustment. The name itself suggests that there are two essential counterparts of ACT:
- Acceptance – of miseries, failures, and ailments.
- Commitment – to changing for the better and following the right chain of actions.
In its most basic form, ACT helps people accept their difficulties and move on, leaving the negativities behind. Many psychologists believe that ACT is entwined with mindfulness and cognitive restructuring, considering the way it allows us to develop positive thoughts and stick to goal-oriented actions.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
This is a combination of Cognitive and Behavioural techniques. It helps to learn to change thoughts and expectations, relaxation techniques are also used. It has been effective for stress-related ailments, phobias, obsessions, eating disorders and (at the same time as drug treatment) major depression.
This approach encourages you to think about your feelings and take responsibility for your thoughts and actions. It highlights on self-development and achieving highest potential. Here we look at person as a whole. Your creative instincts can be used to explore and resolve personal issues.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
This is often used with other therapies to help to create own choice and flexibility. It is based on a number of principles such as ‘we either already have all the resources we need or we can create them’. NLP is a means to finding out how you do something well and then repeating the process with a goal of ‘excellence for all’.
Psychodynamic /Psychotherapy Counselling
This approach stresses the importance of the unconscious and past experience in shaping your current behaviour. You are encouraged to talk about childhood relationships with parents and other significant people.
Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)
CISM is an intervention protocol developed specifically for dealing with traumatic events. It is a formal, highly structured and professionally recognized process for helping those involved in a critical incident to share their experiences, vent emotions, learn about stress reactions and symptoms and given referral for further help if required. It is not psychotherapy. It is a confidential, voluntary and educative process, sometimes called ‘psychological first aid’. There are several types of CISM interventions that can be used, depending on the situation. Variations of these interventions can be used for groups, individuals, families and in the workplace.
This focuses on the whole of your experience, including feelings, thoughts and actions. It helps gain self-awareness in the `here and now’ by analysing behaviour and body language, and talking about feelings. This can include acting out scenarios and dream recall.
This approach uses several distinct models of counselling and psychotherapy together.
This approach is based on the assumption that you seek help in the resolution of a problem you are experiencing, through acceptance, and freely expressing any emotions and feelings, you will come to terms with negative feelings, which may have caused emotional problems, and develop inner resources. The aim is for you to become able to see yourself as a person, with the power and freedom to change, rather than as an object.
Online and Telephone Counselling
This type of counselling takes place online, by email or over the telephone. Instead of talking about your problems with a counsellor face to face, you talk over the telephone or write about them. This is useful if you find it hard to travel or would find it hard to talk with a counsellor in person. This type of counselling although not a theoretical approach still follows the Guidelines for Good Practice of the professional body we are members of, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), or abide by the BPS (British Psychological Society) code of ethics and conduct.d