Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBT),
 EMDR  (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing)
and Counselling in Tamworth

METHODS

Counselling undertaken by counsellors at Staffordshire Counselling uses a mixture of methods, appropriately selected to help the circumstances of each client. The approach is based on the Person-Centred model but other strategies and skills are applied as required. The following information gives a brief summary of therapy/counselling approaches:


Humanistic Therapy

This type of counselling focuses on recognising our human potential for creativity, personal growth and choice. The main objectives of humanistic therapy are to find out how individuals see themselves in the here and now and to recognise their potential and choices for growth, self-direction and individual responsibilities. This method of counselling is quite optimistic and attempts to help individuals realise and build upon their strengths by offering a non-judgemental, safe and understanding environment.


Person-Centred Counselling

This type of counselling allows the client to guide themselves through their situation rather than being directed by the therapist. The Person-Centred approach allows clients to move at their own pace and to direct their own progress, change and development. When used effectively, this approach helps clients to be are aware that the counsellor believes in their capability to manage problems, which encourages them to believe in their own strengths, values and worth.


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is an approach used by counsellors and other professionals to help ease emotional distress by recognising and treating the psychological problems that lie behind the clients distress, often unhelpful thinking patterns. This type of therapy has proven to be an effective method of treatment for a variety of problems, including anxiety disorders, depression disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, stress, anger and coping with loss or change.

Behavioural and Cognitive therapies mainly concentrate on the here and now, however, they do not dismiss the individuals past altogether, with the therapist and client working together to address the current issues. Goal setting, thought records and behavioural tasks are often set in order help the client put their new skills into practice.


Psychoanalytical and Psychodynamic Therapies

Psychoanalysis is an intensive approach to therpay and usually patients attend four or five sessions per week with a psychiatrist, for several years. Psychoanalytic therapy is a less intensive form of psychoanalysis with patients only attending one to three sessions per week. Psychodynamic counselling is based on the same theories, however it tends to focus on more immediate problems, is more practically based and shorter term.

These therapies often benefit individuals who want a deeper understanding of themselves. They are helpful for those who feel their issues have affected them for a longer period of time. Together, the therapist and the client try to understand the inner life of the client through a deep exploration of their life/feelings. Exploring and understanding an individual’s unconscious needs and thoughts may help them to see how past experiences have affected them, and how they can work through these to live a more fulfilling life.