What is counselling
Counselling offers a chance to people to talk about their difficulties in a safe and non-judgemental environment. People seek counselling for a number of reasons, including help in making decisions or learning more about themselves.
What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a form of therapy that focuses on understanding an individual's feeling, thoughts and behaviour. The aim of such therapy is for people to gradually understand their thought and behavioural patterns that may cause difficulties to certain aspects of their lives. CBT may focus on challenging and changing a person's thoughts and/or behaviour. Furthermore, CBT requires that each person is proactive during their therapy, aiming to eventually become their own therapist.
Psychodynamic therapy emphasises in establishing links between the past and the present in order to identify relationship patterns in the current, past and future. During psychodynamic counselling each person learns how to be aware of their feelings towards others and understand the meanings and importance behind their interactions and experiences.
Mindfulness and Compassion focused therapy
Mindfulness is a modern approach in therapy applied in western countries that Buddhists have been practising for centuries. It involves being aware of your thoughts, feelings and sensations in the present. It demonstrates to individuals how to be connected with their current moments and avoiding drifting into worries about the past or the future. Compassion-focused therapy involves cultivating your nurturing self and learning how to be caring and compassionate, first to yourself and then to everyone around you.
What to expect during our first session
Before booking an appointment to meet face-to-face (or via Skype), we will spend approximately 15 minutes on the phone to discuss the reasoning behind seeking therapy. In our fist session we will be gathering all the required information in order to clearly understand the issues/difficulties that brought you to therapy. We will then decide together on the best treatment.
Sessions usually occur once a week or every fortnight at the same time and day and last approximately 50 minute each. The number of sessions required will depend on the presenting issues and your therapy goals.
Over the years I have provided supervsion to clinical psychology trainees, CBT and IAPT trainees and CBT Therapists and Counselling Psychologists. I offer a non judgemental space to reflect and worth through issues in therapy by using person-centered and CBTapproach.