Just being able to talk to someone about your problems and having them listen and be non-judgemental can make a huge difference to how you can feel. A counsellor can help you understand your feelings and help you look at things from a different perspective, helping you understand why you feel the way you do and letting you know that actually it's OK to feel that way. They will not judge you, think less of you, or make you feel guilty for having those thoughts or feelings.
Using a combination of techniques when counselling a client I can find the best way to help you find the resolve you are looking for. It is not my job to tell you what to do or to give you the answers to all your problems, I will just guide you so that it will be you that will find the right direction to go in, I will just be there to support and guide you.
As a Psychodynamic counsellor I look at how past experiences have shaped you today and enable you to try and understand why you behave and act in a certain way enabling you to start making some positive changes. Because I use a combination of therapies with my clients I see myself as a Integrative counsellor using different elements of specific therapies. Using this combination of therapies I take the view that there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situation so I use different approaches to help all my clients.
Psychodynamic Counselling which looks at your past and childhood and person centred counselling which looks very much on how you see yourself, can provide positive results as it is a gentle way of looking at your past and gives you time to explore your feelings and emotions along the way. It is important to me that you feel in a safe non-judgemental environment where you can release emotions with someone who wants to help you move forward with your life, offering you the skills and support you need so you can help yourself to move forward and get the best results possible. By using different approaches it helps you as the client get in touch with your own inner resources helping you to achieve a better balance in your life, and can help improve both your mental health and well-being.
Other approaches I like to use with clients are CBT, Mindfulness, Trauma Therapy. CBT can be beneficial to those who are suffering from anxiety or depression. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy CBT , looks at new ways to change the way you think and deal with things in your life, it is a learning experience that requires you to really embrace change in your life and also requires you to do some extra work to help this process. Your problems are broken down into five main areas.
These areas are interconnected and each impacts the other, It cannot remove problems but helps you deal with them in a more positive way. It concentrates more on the here and now and moving forward, and doesn't focus on the past as much.
Mindfulness helps you to become more consciously aware of things going on around you, it is a mental state achieved by focusing on the present moment, you acknowledge and accept your feelings thoughts and emotions, but deal with things separately this helps you avoid stress, anxiety and feelings of being overwhelmed. It can take time to train your mind to think differently, but by working on this together it can bring about positive change.
Trauma Therapy looks at using forms of visualisation to help change or overcome traumatic events, it gives you the ability to see this event in a different way, thus changing your emotions attached to this event and enables you not only to move forward but also helps you detach yourself from the emotion connected to the event.
Counselling is all about helping you work through problems in your life that have caused you pain and upset, whether it is a problem from your past or something that has happened more recently, it is a problem that is now stopping you from moving forward and is impacting on your quality of life. We have a tendency in life just to get on with things when they happen, not really dealing with the emotions surrounding us and the event at that time, so later on these unresolved emotions come back and start to have an impact on us on a daily bases, because of this the effects not only affect us but the people that are closest to us.
If you feel that this is you, maybe you should consider counselling, and off load the negatives so you can move forward and start enjoying the positives.
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