People are different and not one therapeutic approach will benefit all.
Therefore, we work with a range of integrative humanistic approaches to suit the client and their circumstances.
Person Centred Psychotherapy
Person-centred therapy harnesses a client’s natural self-healing process and with the right relationship with their therapist, clients can decide what they want to do with their lives. It is a personal growth model known for being non-directive. Your therapist will work closely with you to understand your point of view without judgement and with integrity.
Transactional Analysis (TA)
Founded by Eric Berne in the late 1950s, TA therapy is based on the theory that each person has three ego-states: parent, adult and child. By analysing the exchange between people (transaction) and understanding how these transactions are shaped by their personal experiences (‘life scripts’) we are able to help a person re-write their life script and reach their full potential in all aspects of life.
We can often fall victim to limiting beliefs that can leave us feeling stuck or blocked and unsure of any changes we would like to make in our life. Life Coaching can be the perfect choice to help you move forward towards a happier life. We look to understand why you believe you do not deserve happiness or success? Why can’t you succeed? What is preventing you from fulfilling your dreams? In Life Coaching, we will explore and challenge such limitations with the aim of changing any negative thought patterns and move towards attaining your life goals.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a is a popular practical approach for many regular emotional difficulties, such as depression, anxiety and stress. It seeks to understand the reasons behind human behaviour through the relationship between human thoughts, emotions and behaviour. It seeks to change a person’s attitudes by applying reviewing and changing the way we process our cognitive thoughts, images, beliefs and the associated emotions and behaviours.
Family Systems Therapy (FST)
We do not live in isolation. We exist within an emotional ‘meaning-making’ family system. We are influenced and shaped by family emotions such as love, hate, jealousy, admiration, need, and desire to belong. FST helps us understand what happens when our family is dysfunctional and provides approaches to rebuild and develop.
No matter what type of relationship we are in, whether its monogamous, open, same sex, opposite sex, we can all experience conflict, loss of intimacy, loss of sexual contact, loss of direction or an unexpected crisis. Couples Counselling can help you improve your relationship.
Sexual issues and challenges are complex. Some are physical and very tangible. Psychosexual problems can be emotional and/or psychological and can be caused by, or lead to physical problems. Psychosexual therapy is a talking-based treatment and doesn’t involve touch. This approach is based on working with a Biopsychosocial Healthcare Model so, we may at times refer a client to a GP if necessary e.g., for an endocrine test on hormone levels.
Psychodynamic therapy focuses on unconscious processes as they are manifest in our present behaviour. The goals of psychodynamic therapy are to create self-awareness and understanding of the influence of the past on our present behaviour. A psychodynamic approach enables us to examine unresolved conflicts and symptoms that arise from past dysfunctional relationships and may present in the need and desire to abuse substances or self-sabotage or other destructive behaviour.
Gestalt therapy is based on the principle that every individual is a whole (mind, body and soul) and that they are best understood in relation to their current situation as they experience it. The approach focuses strongly on self-awareness and the ‘here and now’ (what is happening from one moment to the next). In gestalt therapy, self-awareness is key to personal growth and developing full potential.
Adler & Existential Therapy
Adlerian therapy is a psychology of growth where people strive to overcome difficulties e.g. feelings of anxiety and inferiority and examine their sense of belonging in their own family, community and society in general. We explore core ‘life tasks’ i.e. how we relate to society, friendships, work, sex, love, our self and spirituality.
Humanistic Integrative Counselling
Humanistic Integrative Counselling recognises that there are significant connections between all approaches to counselling. It acknowledges that people are different and have different needs and believes that no one single approach is sufficient. It encompasses the contributions of all of the therapeutic approaches referred to here. It recognises fundamentally that it is the quality of the therapeutic relationship, rather than any one particular theoretical orientation, is the most important aspect of successful therapeutic work. It accepts that it is not just our clients’ internal world that has to be considered, but also their experiences within the wider family and socio-cultural context. We need to work with the whole person – their mind, body and spirit.
We work in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework. This framework sets out:
- Our commitment to clients provides and how we work to a professional standards and building an ethical relationship
- Ethics including the values, principles and personal moral qualities that inform our work and underpin supervision we adhere to
- Good practice which includes the professional standards that we adhere to.