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11th December 2017 

THE PURPOSE OF COUNSELLING

Counselling falls under the umbrella term 'talking therapies' and allows people to discuss their problems and any difficult feelings they encounter in a safe, confidential environment.
The term can mean different things to different people, but in general it is a process people seek when they want to change something in their lives or simply explore their thoughts and feelings in more depth. (Source - Counselling Directory)

CONFIDENTIALITY
In accordance with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy we are ethically bound to practice both professionally and morally within their ethical framework. This means that we will treat you, the client with respect and integrity and keep, what you say within the counselling sessions, confidential.

However, there are exceptions to confidentiality keeping and the following excerpt from the BACP Ethical Framework states:-

Confidentiality is rarely, if ever, absolute, and this needs to be made clear to the client very early on.
There are usually three reasons to override confidentiality: first, to prevent harm to self or others; second, the need to discuss client work with your supervisor; and third, if you’re working in a team, confidentiality may be to the team rather than to the individual practitioner.

This will be further explained to you in your initial consultation, however, if you are unsure or concerned about the wording around confidentiality, please do not hesitate to raise this with your counsellor.


OUR COUNSELLING APPROACH

Involves putting the client at the heart of the therapy, by providing a non-judgemental relationship between client and counsellor. This enables the client flexibility to explore their thoughts & feelings. Drawing on their own resources, this process can help the client to improve their self-esteem leading to empowerment and the ability to make positive changes to their lives.


INTEGRATIVE COUNSELLING

Involves bringing together different theoretical approaches from the field of psychotherapy. The integrated therapies brought to you in this practice are: Humanistic, Psychodynamic and Cognitive and Behavourial Therapy.

By allowing the counsellor to explore the clients experience using a variety of different theoretical perspectives, the counsellor will work with the client in a bespoke way by introducing appropriate techniques and theory.

Humanistic/Person Centred - The aim of humanistic therapy is to help the client to explore and develop a stronger, healthier sense of self, as well as access and understand their feelings to help gain a sense of meaning in life.

Psychodynamic - Psychodynamic counselling as it is also known - is a therapeutic approach that embraces the work of all analytic therapies. Its roots lie predominantly in Freud's psychoanalysis approach, but Carl Jung, Alfred Adler, Otto Rank and Melanie Klein are all widely recognised for further developing the concept and application of psychodynamics. The aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals to unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, which are too difficult for the conscious mind to process. In order to ensure these memories and experiences do not surface, many people will develop defences, such as denial and projections. According to psychodynamic therapy, these defences will often do more harm than good. (Source - Counselling Directory)

Cognitive & Behavioural Therapy - Living with a mental health problem can sometimes make it hard to know where to turn for support. If you are not comfortable talking to your friends and family, you may turn to a professional. Cognitive behavioural therapy is a talking therapy. It looks to help you manage problems by enabling you to recognise how your thoughts can affect your feelings and behaviour. CBT combines a cognitive approach (examining your thoughts) with a behavioural approach (the things you do). It aims to break overwhelming problems down into smaller parts, making them easier to manage.

Cognitive behavioural therapy has become one of the most popular forms of talk therapy. It is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for common mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety. During the treatment, your therapist will work with you and help you focus on the "here and now". They will help you recognise how past events may have shaped your thinking and behaviours. (Source - Counselling Directory)