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It is really important for clients to see that different models of counselling are needed for different issues. If your counselling experience has been negative it may be because you were not working with the appropriate counselling model or counsellor.
To ensure that prospective clients are properly assessed and aligned with the most effective and appropriate counselling model that best suits their needs.
To ensure that the service delivered is clearly understood in simple jargon-free language.
To ensure you feel safe in the knowledge that you have found a professional counselling organisation that understands the challenges and concerns you face when you decide to engage the services of a counsellor.
“ If you force me into conflict you will be sorry; I will punish you for the foreseeable future and withdraw from you. Also, if I am forced into a situation of conflict, I will become exceptionally angry (which will be completely over the top and out of character for me) and it will be your fault. You should feel guilty for driving me to this. ”
Counselling is a wider form of consultation than purely advice. The aim of counselling is to establish a process through which the counsellor helps you to:
The counsellor uses active listening, reflective questioning and other therapeutic interventions and tools to deliver an effective counselling service based on their training and experience with other clients.
The relationship between counsellor and client must be based on trust, empathy and respect. A counsellor is trained to listen not to judge or blame which brings a great sense of relief to clients who are seeking answers and resolution. Counselling helps to establish a better way of relating to yourself and others.
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The psychodynamic model is founded on the premise that our behaviour, coping mechanisms and ways of relating to people are determined by experience which is often held in the unconscious.
Psychodynamic Counselling will:
Psychodynamic Counselling is used in:
Exploration of issues, memories and everyday experiences occurs through active listening and reflecting. The client is given an opportunity to bring to the surface their true feelings which leads to greater self-awareness and self-esteem.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a goal-oriented therapy based on the idea that thoughts, feelings and behaviours are interconnected. If our perception of a situation is negative, this will result in negative emotions and negative behaviours. This treatment focuses on changing patterns of thinking or behaviour that are behind people’s difficulties in order to generate alternative, more balanced ones.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy will:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is used in:
How you think about a problem can affect how you feel physically and emotionally. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can help you to break this vicious circle of altered thinking, feelings and behaviour. CBT aims to get you to a point where you can ‘do it yourself’ and work out your own ways of confronting problems.
The aim of Gestalt Counselling is to help the client identify where they have become stuck emotionally or in their thinking and beliefs and how this is affecting their lives in the present. The counsellor will then help the client to change beliefs and fixed patterns of unresolved feelings that get in the way of the client living an enjoyable and rewarding life.
Gestalt Counselling will:
Gestalt Counselling is useful in:
Becoming more aware of our feelings, emotions and thoughts and finding the most effective way to express them is the key aim of Gestalt Counselling. Through this process a person can become more able to tune in to their thought processes and gain control. The desired outcome will enable the client to meet their own needs and the needs of others.
Integrative Counselling has evolved from the belief that no single model of counselling is able to provide for the immense complexity of each individual human being. Integrative Counselling enables a counsellor to draw on a variety of models of counselling to suit the client’s needs. Individuals think, feel and react in different ways. By integrating different ways of helping people bring about change in their lives, an Integrative Counsellor can work with each client to produce a unique therapy adapted to suit what that client wants and needs.
An Integrative Counsellor will:
An Integrative Counsellor recognises and values the knowledge, skills and insight from all main models of counselling. If, however, the counsellor feels you would be best served by some focused work in a model of counselling they will ensure you are placed with the appropriate practitioner for a time.
The success of this therapy is not based on the skills of the counsellor, but rather on his/her attitude towards the client. Person-centred therapists believe the client has all the answers and by using the three core skills of empathy, unconditional positive regard and congruence, the client will get to a better place on their own.
Person-Centred Therapy will:
Person-Centred Therapy is useful in:
The client determines the general direction of the therapy while the counsellor seeks to increase the client’s insights and self-awareness through a variety of clarifying questions.
Transactional Analysis recognizes that the human personality is made up of 3 “ego states”: Parent, Adult and Child. At any given time, a person experiences and manifests their personality through a mixture of behaviours, thoughts and feelings. Typically, according to the TA model, people consistently use all three ego-states. For example, in the Parent ego-state people behave, feel and think in response to an unconscious mimicking of how their parents (or other parental figures) acted out. Learning to strengthen the Adult state is the goal of TA.
Transactional Analysis will:
Transactional Analysis is useful for:
Transactional Analysis recognizes the value and worth of every person. It is a goal orientated therapy where the therapist strives to empower the client, thus initiating a new direction in life.
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