This is a broad title for the style of Counselling that we use. It means that we are able to adapt sessions along the way and use different styles as appropriate. We believe that you will benefit from this flexible approach as your journey through therapy progresses and we are qualified in the main modalities listed as well as other lesser known styles that we can employ if we feel it will benefit you.
PERSON CENTERED THERAPY (PCT)
Person Centered Therapy was developed by Carl Rogers in the 1940s. This type of Talking Therapy diverged from the traditional model of the therapist led sessions and encouraged clients to lead the discussion without being directed down a particular path. This approach is particularly effective during initial sessions as it allows you to effectively tell your story in your own time, with no judgement as you start to make connections yourself. There is no limit on the number of sessions that are structured in this way and many clients find it extremely helpful to be able to talk to someone in such a free way as they start to understand why they are feeling as they do. It works well as an introduction to other Therapies as sessions progress.
This style encourages you, with the support of your Therapist, to open up and explore any unresolved issues and conflict hidden in your unconscious that may be affecting your mood and behaviour. You will find, through self-awareness and understanding, the influence of the past on your present behaviour. It is done in such a way that it should not be overwhelming but it will give you insight into the reasons for your habits, emotions and behaviours.
CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
You might have seen this style of therapy advertised, as it is commonly used in NHS referrals. It is one of the range of Talking Therapies that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. It's most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems. We are trained in this field and use it when appropriate. It tends to be most effective on older children as it works by focusing on how your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes affect your feelings and ultimately your behaviour. By changing negative thought patterns, it teaches you alternative ways of coping with different problems.
REBT (Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy)
Developed by Dr. Albert Ellis in 1955, this works in a similar way to CBT. It will require you change certain behaviours that promote symptoms as the primary focus of this approach is to suggest changes in your thinking that will lead to changes in behaviour, thereby alleviating or improving your symptoms. The therapy emphasises changing irrational thinking patterns that cause emotional distress into thoughts that are more reasonable and rational. REBT can be effective if you suffer from anxiety, depression or stress.