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Individual therapies

Here is a brief outline of each of the individual therapies we use.

Person Centred Therapy

The Person Centred Therapy model was developed by Carl Rogers who believed we all have the ability to be the best we can, and that deep down we know how to do this - counselling helps us to find what we know.

It is also based on the belief that we grow when the right conditions are offered. Counselling is about giving us those conditions of empathy, unconditional positive regard, and congruence. It views the counselling relationship as 'key'.

Person Centred Therapy can be gentler and take longer than some other therapies but can effect long term change.

Gestalt Therapy

Gestalt Therapy was developed in the late 1940's by Fritz and Laura Perls, integrating elements of other theories and therapies. Gestalt refers to the whole.

It is an experiential therapy focusing on the here and now. The past and how we have developed is looked at in relation to how it affects now. It looks at dealing with 'unfinished business' and our way of being in the world and helps us come to accept who we are in the therapeutic relationship and then in the outside world. Gestalt makes use of metaphor and 'parts' integration.

Solution Focused Therapy

Solution Focused Therapy is a forward thinking, practical, 'can do' therapeutic approach. It looks at the possibilities not the things that keep us stuck in past patterns and behaviours. It uses structured session plans and is short term.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a structured, short-term, present-orientated approach and makes use of homework. It helps individuals modify their mood and behaviour by changing their self-defeating thinking. It does this by changing unhelpful automatic thoughts and beliefs by replacing them with more positive ones.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)

NLP therapy is a cognitive behavioural model which takes from Person Centred, Gestalt and Hypnotherapy alongside many quick, comfortable and effective new techniques for state change, belief change and resolving issues.

It is very accepting, non-judgmental and person centred in the way it approaches people and the way they function. Pragmatic and solution focused, NLP uses homework and structured session plans. It is short term and aims for fast results.

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR was introduced by Francine Shapiro in the late 1980s to alleviate the symptoms of trauma, it uses rapid eye movement or other bilateral stimulation to distract the conscious mind whilst the unconscious is processing the disturbing event. This tends to have the effect of allowing the disturbing event to become a past memory rather than constantly being relived as if in the present. It is useful for trauma, flashbacks, intrusive thoughts and memories.

It is also used to help develop peoples' resources such as confidence, courage, and self-esteem.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is about being able to stop and live in the here and now and is widely used for stress reduction.

Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy involves developing the ability to go into a trance from where the therapeutic work is done whether it is used for relaxation, resource building, or regression work. We do not work purely on weight reduction or smoking cessation but use Hypnotherapy as a tool for therapeutic change.

Coaching

Coaching is about helping us do what we do, better, and removing blocks which stop us being the best we can be. There is no firm boundary between coaching and counselling and both use some of the same techniques. Coaching is very solution focused and future-orientated.

Play Therapy

Play therapy is a method of helping children help themselves, based on the fact that play is a child's natural medium for self-expression. It is an opportunity for the child to 'play out' their feelings and problems, their fears, loneliness, and feelings of failure or inadequacy, just as in certain types of therapy adults are able to "talk out" their difficulties.

It is non directive; the therapist may leave responsibility and direction to the child, based on the belief that within every child there is a powerful force for self realisation - a drive towards maturity, independence and self direction.

Transactional Analysis (TA)

TA looks at what drives us to be the way we are, what patterns we have developed, the messages we give to ourselves and how we relate to others. Some simple TA work can make big differences in our relationships, such as insights into the 'parent-adult-child' ego states.

Relaxation

Relaxation can be used to combat high anxiety. Due to the connection between mind and body, if the body relaxes, the mind slows down. Relaxation can be used alongside guided imagery to help with sleep problems.