Living well is not only a skill but an art as well. Human experience is unique, and no two lives are the same.
As an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist, I work with clients using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Attachment Theory and a
Person-Centred Approach. This allows us both the flexibility to work with issues that trouble them in a variety of ways from the past, the present and when looking forward to the future. We create a customised way of working, unique to each individual that is based on their experiences.
What is CBT?
CBT originates in the belief that our thoughts, feeling and behaviours are inextricably linked. Sometimes, in periods of distress, humans can allow the relationship between their thoughts, feelings and behaviours to become uncontrollably negative. Clients often describe this as a “negative spiral”.
Working using CBT techniques with a counsellor will involve challenging our thoughts and feelings to change or adapt our behaviours and help us feel better. Using CBT you may be encouraged to do some reflective ‘homework’ between sessions. CBT is very good for dealing with problems that ‘live in the present’.
You can find out more about CBT here: https://www.simplypsychology.org/cognitive-therapy.html
What is Attachment Theory?
Attachment theory has a focus on interpersonal relationships whether they are short or long term. Humans start forming relationships from the moment they are born, and the success of these relationships can influence our attachment styles in adulthood. Good relationships are the key to good psychological health and with a counsellor’s help, you can explore the relationships you hold and uncover the attachment styles you use in your relationships with other people. Some clients find it helpful to ‘explore their past’ in order to move towards the future.
You can find out more about Attachment Theory here: https://www.simplypsychology.org/attachment.html
What is a Person-Centred Approach?
Attending counselling is a step towards feeling better and this is consistent with Karl Rogers’ (1949) belief that every human wants to fulfil their unique potential. In a sense he believes that we can find our own way though difficulties in life and that humans are uniquely talented to do this if the conditions are right; he describes this process as ‘self-actualisation’. As your counsellor I will work with you to uncover your inner drive and help you to find your way.
You can find out more about a Person- Centred Approach here: https://www.simplypsychology.org/client-centred-therapy.html