Counselling Approach...what difference does it make?
There are many different approaches within counselling, the differences most often stem from the theories and philosophies which underpin them. Where there are some significant differences within the frameworks of thinking about human development and about therapeutic processes, there can also be similarities within these approaches that are complementary and even certain shared elements that enhance the process. It is fair to say most qualified, reputable practitioners are working towards a common goal; that of enabling clients to move through difficulties and to find more fulfilling ways to live, its often just the ways they enable clients may vary. It is important that any practitioner you work with holds membership within a professional body such as BACP, ACC, UKCP and preferably holds accredited status or is working towards accreditation.
What does “person-centred” counselling mean?
“Person-centred” is the name of a style of counselling. The person-centred approach (PCA) strongly holds that we are each driven to do the best for ourselves, no matter what environment we find ourselves in or what problems we are experiencing.
The person-centred approach also strongly holds that all human beings should be treated with dignity and respect; we are all equal and unique individuals. What seems right for us may not be right for others; therefore the approach adopts a non-directive style; believing that each human being has within him or herself the right to choose the their own direction. The approach believes that feeling heard and really understood can help a person to find solutions and to find answers that will enable them to move forward in life.
What is "CBT"?
CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is based on the idea that how we think (our cognition), how we feel (our emotion) and how we act (our behaviour) are interactive, meaning they influence one and other. Specifically, that our thoughts determine our feelings and our behaviour.
The theory holds that negative and unrealistic thoughts can cause us distress and result in problems and complication in functioning. When a person suffers with psychological distress, the way in which they interpret situations can become distorted, which in turn has a negative impact on the actions they take and behaviors they choose.
What to Expect
There will be an initial assessment meeting - which is more about exchanging information and assessing whether our service is suitable for your needs. This is also a time to ask any questions you may have about the counselling process.
It may be that counselling is not for you at this time, If this is the case we may be able to suggest other helping services which are better suited to your needs.
Essentially the counselling room is a safe place where a person (client) can come and feel heard, understood and accepted in a non-directive and non-judgemental way. The relationship between the client and the counsellor is a unique and trusting relationship where the counsellor is dedicated to treating the client with respect, dignity and acceptance.
The counselling process maybe as long or as short as is necessary for the client to feel satisfied in the services received, and believe they are ready to move on independently. Counselling sessions are one hour long and are held on a weekly basis.