APPROACHES TO COUNSELLING
Our approach to therapy and counselling is essentially positive, forward-looking and optimistic. Our ambition is that therapy at Canwillbebetter™ will be a positive experience that will allow you to move on beyond blocks and crises towards a more optimistic future. Approaching feelings, thoughts that
you have tried not to think about can be painful and making changes can be scary. However, most people who have the tremendous courage to do personal work find therapy is very helpful. We hope therapy at Canwillbebetter™ will give you the opportunity to heal and grow through the process of deep listening, compassion, mindfulness and empathy.
KEY APPROACHES TO COUNSELLING AND THERAPY
The psychodynamic approach has evolved from early work based on Freudian psychology. It explores how we are influenced by sub-conscious thought processes and often involves exploring how childhood experiences have affected our thinking and behaviour. The psychodynamic approach includes all the theories in psychology that see human functioning based upon the interaction of drives and forces within the person, particularly unconscious, and between the different structures of the personality.
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This is a wide term covering a number of different approaches to psychotherapy including Person-Centred, Gestalt, Transactional analysis, and Existential approaches. Humanistic therapies focus on self-development, growth and responsibilities.
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The person-centred approach developed from the work of the psychologist dr. Carl rogers. He advanced an approach to psychotherapy and counselling that, at the time (1940s – 1960s), was considered extremely radical if not revolutionary. The person-centred approach is based on:
- A deeply held respect for the individual.
- The belief that the relationship between counsellor and client is central to the healing process .
- A belief that the client is the expert in his / her own life and will know what hurts and what might help.
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Cognitive & Behavioural Approaches
These therapies are based on the way we think (cognitive) and the way we behave. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has become very popular and may be available on the NHS. It is based on understanding the connection between our thoughts, emotions and behaviour and how each of these can affect the others. It is more directive in approach and usually involves doing homework in between sessions. It’s most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems.
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