AboutCounselling, Psychotherapy, CBT, EMDR, Hypno-Psychotherapy, Brief Ericksonian Therapy, Meditation Training, Guided Imagery, Breathing Techniques and Relaxation, Reiki
The aim of counselling is to provide an opportunity for clients to work towards living in a more satisfying and resourceful way.
In counselling the right of the client to make his or her own decisions is respected.
From time to time people experience emotional difficulties which can make life hard to cope with. Talking about your problems can help ease the burden.
Sharing your thoughts with family or friends can be invaluable but if they are over-involved, biased or even the subject of the upset themselves, this will not be possible.
Counselling is a process whereby two people, one who is professionally trained to listen, come together on a regular basis to explore issues affecting the other. It enables the client to identify, examine and come to terms with what is troubling him or her.
Talking to a trained professional may be preferable. You will be listened to, accepted and supported no matter what. Doctors may offer you counselling but all too often the waiting lists are long and you may not get the help at the point when you most need it. If this is the case then private counselling is a viable alternative. You can make an appointment when you want and there is no limit to the sessions that you can have.
Counselling can be immensely empowering as it encourages greater self awareness and personal growth so that more positive choices can be made in the future.
Counselling and psychotherapy are helpful for:
•Anxiety •Stress •Fear •Depression •Anger •Relationship difficulties •Loss
•Unresolved issues from the past •Trauma •Abuse •Divorce •Sexuality
•Loss of confidence •Low self esteem •Loneliness •Bullying •Workplace Stress
•Insomnia •Menopause •Tinnitus •Weight loss •Ageing
What is psychotherapy?
The following description is the one given by the UKCP, UK Council for Psychotherapy.
Psychotherapy aims to help clients gain insight into their difficulties or distress, establish a greater understanding of their motivation, and enable them to find more appropriate ways of coping or bring about changes in their thinking and behaviour.
Psychotherapy involves exploring feelings, beliefs, thoughts and relevant events, sometimes from childhood and personal history, in a structured way with someone trained to help you do it safely.
Depending on the nature of your problem, therapy can be short or long term. Sessions can be provided for adults, adolescents and children on a one-to-one basis, or for couples, families and within groups whose members share similar problems.
What happens during psychotherapy?
Every session is different because every client is different, as are their problems. Your psychotherapist will encourage you to talk and explore, in a structured way, your feelings and experiences.
Depending on their training and modality, your therapist may also suggest particular techniques as part of that exploration - for example, using art, imaging, dream or movement work.
Whatever the technique or clinical approach, psychotherapy is not a magical cure, it is a process to help you find the capacity for improvement within yourself.
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
Different people use the words counselling and psychotherapy in different ways, so there is no commonly agreed definition. We believe what counts is the length of training and experience and the relationship between the client and their therapist.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a form of therapy which works by challenging our automatic negative thoughts. These thoughts can often be present without our conscious awareness and can become a habitual mode of thinking.
Our negative thoughts can exacerbate our feelings of guilt, worthlessness, self blame, shame, depression, anxiety and stress.
CBT will work by challenging the validity of these negative self perceptions and thoughts. By so doing automatic negative thought processes can be replaced with positive affirmations.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy works by enabling one to gain self insight, to control obsessional negative thoughts and to begin to feel in control and empowered.
In tandem with Counselling sessions the source of these negative thoughts may be identified, helping the client to gain further insight and understanding.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a highly effective method of 'normalising' trauma. When a person has experienced a traumatic event this may become locked into the mind and the brain may 'replay' the trauma spontaneously in the form of flashbacks and the person may develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. These experiences can become fixed in the body-mind in the form of irrational emotions, blocked energy and physical symptoms.
Ordinary daily events seem to happen without leaving a mark on our lives. Traumatic events however can often get trapped and can form a perpetual blockage. Like a broken record, they can repeat themselves in our mind-body over and over again. Nightmares may be the mind's way of attempting to process this information, but the trauma memory always lasts beyond the dream.
Traumatic experiences, when locked in the mind, can exacerbate anxiety and prevent a person from moving forward and escaping from the prison of fear.
EMDR can help the traumatised to feel what is true for them. It can help a person to develop and attune to their own inner wisdom. EMDR clears away the clutter so that a person can normalise their experience. It allows the 'locked' information to pass through the mind, processing and normalising it. The therapist follows and facilitates the clients' process without interpretation or judgement. This enables the person to observe and report their experiences with less fear and aversion, listening to themselves.
In EMDR therapy people develop and strengthen their sense of truth and inner wisdom by reprocessing the old traumatic material in a structured and safe way.
The therapeutic use of suggestions and imagery on the specific sense of an individual’s subconscious, to bring about profound and lasting changes. There is a special emphasis on the works of Ernest Rossi, the internationally renowned therapist, teacher and pioneer in the psychobiology of Mind-Body Healing, David B. Cheek and NLP.
Brief Ericksonian Therapy
This is an innovative and highly effective approach to therapy, which distinguishes itself from other therapies. It does this, not only by the length of time it aims to effect therapy, but also through the use of special techniques and approaches used by the acclaimed Psychiatrist, Milton H Erickson, that readily prompt solutions. Many of these techniques may also be found in the practice and art of Neuro Linguistic Programming
Meditation is the experience of the mind in its limitless nature, when it is no longer dominated by its usual mental chatter.
There are many different meditation techniques that have been developed over the centuries with remarkable Mind Body benefits.
An emphasis is made on Herbert Benson, a cardiologist and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical school and his Relaxation Response, Jon Kabat-Zinn and his Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Dean Ornish and his Opening your Heart Program and the work of the HeartMath Institute.
This is a powerful technique that utilizes the mind’s natural ability to influence all aspects of the being, with direction and purpose. In thus technique, Amma gently harnesses the imagination in ways that prompt natural changes within the mind and the body.
‘I am enough of an artist to draw freely of my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited, imagination encircles the world’ – Albert Einstein
‘Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions’ – Albert Einstein
This is the use of breathing to profoundly impact on physical and emotional health; from controlling stress, to improving mental focus, ability and creativity. Breathing may also be used to enhance other therapeutic techniques.
Reiki – A hands on technique that accesses the universe’s limitless source of energy to replenish and restore the individuals own Ki. This results in healing balance and rejuvenation.