Alcohol, drug and other addictions
Bereavement or other issues of loss
There are many issues counselling can help with and above are just a few the reasons many people seek counselling as one of the talking therapies available to them.
- Gives you the space and time to talk about your thoughts, feelings and experiences.
- Enables you to find comfortable solutions to your concerns, difficulties and situations.
- Helps you to identify your problems and encourages you to take constructive steps towards resolving them.
- Is ideal for those able to resolve problems and has an awareness of themselves.
- Is a short-term process that promotes a change in behaviour.
Humanistic therapies focus on self-development, growth and responsibilities. They seek to help individuals recognise their strengths, creativity and choice in the 'here and now'. Behavioural therapies are based on the way you think (cognitive) and/or the way you behave. These therapies recognise that it is possible to change, or recondition, our thoughts or behaviour to overcome specific problems. There are a range of therapeutic methods and options that your counsellor may use or combine such as:
- Gestalt therapy: Gestalt therapy can be roughly translated to 'whole' and focuses on the whole of an individual's experience, including their thoughts, feelings and actions. Gaining self-awareness in the 'here and now' is a key aspect of gestalt therapy.
- Person-centred therapy: Person-centred therapy focuses on an individual's self worth and values. Being valued as a person, without being judged, can help an individual to accept who they are, and reconnect with themselves.
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT): Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) combines cognitive and behavioural therapies. The approach focuses on thoughts, emotions, physical feelings and actions, and teaches clients how each one can have an effect on the other. CBT is useful for dealing with a number of issues, including depression, anxiety and phobias.
- Integrative: Integrative counselling means drawing on and blending specific types of therapies. This approach is not linked to one particular type of therapy as those practising integrative counselling do not believe that only one approach works for each client in all situations.
- Interpersonal therapy: With a focus on interpersonal relationships, this therapy examines the way we relate and how this impacts our mental well-being. The core belief of interpersonal therapy is that psychological symptoms are often a response to the difficulties we have interacting with others - and when these interactions are improved, so are the psychological symptoms.