As an integrative counsellor, I have been trained to implement a wide variety of different approaches and techniques. This, essentially, allows me to tailor my approach to your individual needs.
From my experience of working in a GP surgery in Primary Care, offering brief counselling for up to six sessions, I have seen quite a wide ranging number of clients who have benefited from this particular type of counselling.
This approach is not appropriate for everyone and certainly, if there are deeper, more long-held issues from the past which need to be dealt with, this type of counselling would not be recommended.
Short-term therapy is, of necessity, more solution-focused and forward- looking. This approach tends to be more rooted in the 'here and now' rather than in past narratives and It focuses on drawing from your own inner resources and enabling you to become aware of your own strengths in order to move forward more hopefully on your own.
When you have experienced a bereavement, there can be many conflicting and troubling emotions to contend with. Often, initially, what you need most of all is a safe place to ‘be with’ these emotions and feelings and to be able to experience them in the presence of someone who is well able to support you through this, in an accepting and empathic manner.
It is often helpful to realise that your experience is unique to you and that we all have our own individual ways of coping and expressing our emotions– there is no right or wrong way.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy looks at how your thought patterns affect your behaviour and vice versa. It enables you to become more aware of how the negative thought patterns, often built up over many years, can be challenged and tested. You can begin to practice more positive and helpful ways of thinking which in turn can affect the way you behave and hopefully lead to a more fulfilled life in the future.
If this type of therapy is effective, you will leave counselling with the life skills appropriate to you, which you can take away and hopefully implement for yourself at any time in the future, when needed.
These skills ‘empower’ you to, in a sense, become your own therapist through the process of self-awareness and gaining a better understanding of the source of your distorted thinking.