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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.

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.

Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy explores the influence of the past on behaviours and relationships in the present. It seeks to understand the unconscious roots and purpose of established behaviour patterns and responses that are causing difficulty in order to facilitate clients to find alternatives that better serve them in their present and future.

Systemic Counselling

Systemic counselling explores interactions and relationships between a client and their family or work groups or systems. It looks at patterns of communication and beliefs about respective roles within a group or system. This approach can help to resolve issues within relationships by increasing awareness and understanding of the way that established interactions are playing out and impacting on the client and those who are in relationship with them which in turn allows the possibility of change.

Mindfulness

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

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.

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.