The approaches that I use in counselling are tailored to the needs of the individual and their circumstances. Through listening and understanding my clients I will select the most appropriate approaches and theoretical models that I believe will provide the most effective treatment.
Some of the types of approaches I may use in my therapeutic treatment include the following:
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
CBT looks at resolving client problems by changing negative thought patterns. It provides a basis for helping clients identify the negative thoughts and behaviours and replace them with new alternatives, ultimately changing how they think about things and how what they do affects their thoughts and feelings. CBT is a widely used theory which is used to treat a wide range of problems including clients with mild to chronic conditions which affect them physically and mentally.
Including the CBT approach in therapy will involve clients’ participation in the form of completing homework tasks, keeping journals of your experience for reference and discussion and putting what they learn into practice.
This approach helps clients to understand the impact that our past experiences can have on our present lives. Therapy using this approach will explore the clients past from their childhood to the present day, including the influence of our subconscious minds to understand how this may have an impact on any difficulties in the present. Clients may through this approach be able to understand how and why they experience difficulties in the present through having insight and deeper understanding about themselves.
Person Centered Therapy (PCT)
PCT is an approach that I believe should underpin all therapeutic relationships. It based on the belief that within each of us we hold the potential to live our lives to our maximum capacity. It encourages the individual to work out what areas they need to focus on and then to work out the best course of action to follow to resolve their issues. I use the PCT approach combined with other approaches to ensure that the therapy is as effective as it can be.
As a Counsellor and Hypnotherapist I use Hypnotherapy as a stand alone approach as well as combining this with other approaches. Hypnosis allows for a client to be in an enhanced state of awareness involving the induction of a relaxed state where the client always remains in control. The client’s conscious mind is suppressed and the subconscious mind is opened allowing the reasoning, evaluating, judging part of your mind (conscious) to be bypassed. The Hypnotherapist focuses the client’s mind and makes appropriate suggestions that help them make positive changes within themselves. It can also help clients remember buried memories and experiences from the unconscious part of the mind to be recollected into the conscious mind, aiding therapy by getting to root cause of the client’s problem.
Hypnotherapy is the practice of promoting healing and/or positive development by aiming to re-program patterns of behaviours within the mind. It can enable irrational fears, phobias, negative thoughts and suppressed emotions to be overcome or be simply used as a relaxation exercise for clients with problems associated with depression, anxiety, stress, sleep problems and low self esteem.
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