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The counselling services I offer cover Therapeutic Coaching and Hypnotherapy in addition to traditional talking therapy. As an Integral Counsellor I would use the approach that I consider to be in the best interests of the client and an overview of the therapies and techniques that might be employed can be found on this page.
Counselling offers you a safe, confidential place to talk about your life and anything that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable. It allows you to talk with someone who is trained to listen attentively and to help you improve things. There are many different approaches or modalities of counselling and the following paragraphs give a brief description of the modalities that I can use with clients.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT aims to change negative emotions that relate to an inaccurate view of the events that happen. It helps you to explore the relationship between your beliefs, thoughts and behaviours and helps you learn new ways of behaving and reacting.
The name of this therapy is derived from the German word for ‘organised whole’ as Gestalt therapy focuses on the whole of the client’s experiences including feelings, thoughts and actions. It was this therapy that created the commonly used phrase “The whole is greater than the sum of the parts”. This therapy encourages people to express how they are feeling in the present moment and can include the acting out of scenarios.
Human Givens Therapy
The Human Givens approach is a set of organising ideas that provides a holistic, scientific framework for understanding the way that individuals and society work. At its core is the idea that human beings come into this world with a set of needs. If those needs are met appropriately, they will not suffer from psychological issues. To get our physical and emotional needs met, nature has also gifted us with resources which together with our needs, make up what we call the human givens. We come into the world with an instinctive knowledge of what we need and with a set of inner resources that can help us get our needs met provided we use them properly and are living in a healthy environment.
Person-centred counselling is based on the belief that a person who wants to find an answer to a problem should feel that their counsellor will provide empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard to help them express their emotions and feelings. Person-centred counselling is for those who would like to tackle specific psychological habits or patterns of thinking. The counsellor sees you as having the best understanding of your own experience.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
NLP is a form of coaching that works in harmony with any directive coaching or therapy style. It is a tool for making swift changes by understanding yourself, your thoughts and your behaviour patterns. Once you identify a pattern or belief you can then change it and put a set plan into practice. The Neuro part of NLP refers to the workings of the mind and how you think. Linguistic refers to language patterns, how we use language and how we are influenced by it (both verbal and non-verbal). Programming refers to the way in which thoughts and language can be arranged into patterns of behaviour and how these patterns can be changed.
Psychoanalysis deals with the exploration of the mind, using the knowledge of human behaviour. The counsellor can make you aware of unconscious patterns so you can change them. Your relationship with the counsellor is important as it can highlight your patterns of behaviour within relationships generally.
Psychodynamic counselling focuses on the unconscious mind and past experiences, and explores their influence on current behaviour. You will be encouraged to talk about childhood relationships with parents and other significant people. As part of the therapy you may transfer and pass on deep feelings about yourself, parents and others to the therapist.
Relationship counselling aims to help people recognise and manage differences and negative patterns within their relationships. The therapist will explore your feelings and how you communicate. The aim is to help you find ways to change and adapt for a more positive future.
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
This kind of therapy focuses on a particular issue and promotes positive change, rather than dwelling on the issue or past problems. You are encouraged to focus positively on what you do well, your strengths and resources and to set goals to achieve the changes you want to make.
Transactional Analysis looks into the way we communicate and relate to others which can be helpful in understanding difficult or challenging relationships. It also looks into our beliefs about ourselves and the world around us to identify and change any limiting beliefs that we might have.
The coaching that I offer is therapeutic coaching which differs somewhat from what would be seen as traditional life coaching or performance coaching.
Therapeutic Coaching is a one-to-one form of coaching that assists and supports the client in connecting with their unconscious mind to reveal issues and new outcomes in their lives. NLP and Hypnotherapy are techniques that would be employed within therapeutic coaching. Therapeutic coaching is essentially a fusion of traditional counselling, emotional intelligence education and goal orientated coaching.
In contrast to Therapeutic Coaching, a traditional Life coach would not act as a therapist or counsellor and psychological intervention lies outside the scope of life coaching.
Hypnotherapy / Guided Imagery
Many people are apprehensive about hypnotherapy having seen the performances of stage hypnotists and certain TV personalities and this has led to the use of the term ‘guided imagery’ in some fields of psychotherapy to aid in dealing with this apprehension.
It is important to recognise that hypnosis involves a completely natural state that along with the input of a properly trained and confident therapist, can create positive changes in a person’s mental, emotional and physical state. It cannot make you do anything that you do not want to do or that you morally object to. You cannot get stuck in hypnosis and can leave the state whenever you wish to.
Hypnotherapy uses the technique of hypnosis to induce a deep state of relaxation during which the unconscious mind is highly receptive to new ideas. Accessing this part of the mind through hypnosis can help you to change behaviour, attitudes and emotions as well as manage pain, anxiety, stress-related illnesses and bad habits or addictions. It can also be used to promote personal development.
My standard rates for each 1 hour session are:
£35 for individuals.
£45 for couples.
Home visits may be a little more depending on location.
Fees are payable by cash or cheque at each session.
I offer concessionary rates to serving members of the Emergency Services and to both serving and former members of the Armed Forces. Some further concessions are also available and if the fee is an issue for you, please contact me so that we can try to find a way for you to get the help you need.