There are many different approaches to counselling and psychotherapy and lots of terminology used to describe them.

 

Essentially, whatever you call it, below is an outline of how we would try and work together.

 

Explore
In a safe and confidential environment, without too much jargon, we would aim to explore your situation and the thoughts and feelings you are experiencing. Once these are out in the open you may find that talking and being listened to by a trained professional could be all you need.

 

Understand
Once the thoughts and feelings are out there, we could then attempt to break them down, try and find out what they are doing there or how they got there in an attempt to really understand what’s going on for you. This could provide some clarity and may be enough for you.

 

Change
But, if we could reach some further understanding, then it may be possible to look at how your situation might be better and what it would be like if those thoughts and feelings were not around any more.

 

Plan
We may then be able to put a plan together as to how you might get to and then stay in the better situation without those thoughts and feelings being in the way.

 

I am an integrative practitioner, meaning I use a number of different approaches depending on the presenting situation for each client.

 

If specifically you feel there is something from your past that is unresolved we may work in a psychodynamic way to explore further. If there is a specific barrier now, then cognitive or solution-focused therapy could be adopted. If it is more general then a person-centred approach could be used.

 

It takes a commitment from both sides to have the best chance of being useful and whether that is for only one session or more is and will always remain, entirely your decision.

 

Just as there are many layers to people, therapy has many layers too and although it may not always be easy or enjoyable, it doesn’t always have to be dark and dreary either.