Counselling Style

My counselling style:

Humanistic psychology focuses on each individual’s potential and stresses the importance of growth and self-actualization. The fundamental belief of humanistic psychology is that people are innately good and that mental and social problems result from deviations from this natural tendency.

Person-centered therapy (also known as “client-centered” counselling). Person-centered therapy focuses on an individual’s self-worth and values. Being valued as a person, without being judged, can help an individual to accept who they are, and reconnect with themselves.

Mindfulness focuses on the ‘here and now’. When practicing mindfulness we can ease away anxiety and move past depression.

“An important part of mindfulness is reconnecting with our bodies and the sensations they experience. This means waking up to the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the present moment. That might be something as simple as the feel of a banister as we walk upstairs.

“Another important part of mindfulness is an awareness of our thoughts and feelings as they happen moment to moment. NHS.com

Treatments that I practice:

Compassion Focused therapy (CFT) aims to help promote mental and emotional healing by encouraging people in treatment to be compassionate toward themselves and other people. Compassion, both toward the self and toward others, is an emotional response believed by many to be an essential aspect of well-being. Its development may often have the benefit of improved mental and emotional health.

Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave.  It is most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) The goal of DBT is to help you learn to manage your difficult emotions by letting yourself experience, recognize and accept them. Then as you learn to accept and regulate your emotions, you also become more able to change your harmful behavior. To help you achieve this we will use a balance of acceptance and change techniques.

Talk therapy can help you work out how to deal with negative thoughts and feelings and make positive changes. They can help people who are feeling distressed by difficult events in their lives as well as people with a mental health problem.

Talking about your thoughts and feelings can help you deal with times when you feel troubled about something. If you turn a worry over and over in your mind, the worry can grow. But talking about it can help you work out what is really bothering you and explore what you could do about it.

Talking is an important part of our relationships. It can strengthen your ties with other people and help you stay in good mental health. And being listened to helps you feel that other people care about you and what you have to say.

Solution Focussed Therapy  is a short-term goal-focused evidence-based therapeutic approach which helps clients change by constructing solutions rather than dwelling on problems. In the most basic sense, SFBT is a hope friendly, positive emotion eliciting, a future-oriented vehicle for formulating, motivating, achieving, and sustaining desired behavioral change.  This is a brief type of therapy; however, this approach can be used along side other approaches.

Psychotherapy is a type of therapy used to treat emotional problems and mental health conditions.  It involves talking to a trained therapist, either one-to-one, in a group or with your wife, husband or partner.  It allows you to look deeper into your problems and worries and deal with troublesome habits and a wide range of mental disorders. This is more of a long term type of therapy.  This type of therapy often examines childhood trauma and experiences.

EMDR for Trauma and PTSD Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an interactive psychotherapy technique used to relieve psychological stress. It is an effective treatment for trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This can be used for panic disorders, anxiety and depression.

There is a consistent foundation of well-being that we will develop together to ensure the outcome of happiness from any goal(s) that you set for yourself.  I believe that people can achieve success and happiness by creating and achieving short-term and long-term goals as well as practicing the art of well-being. We will also discuss sleep, diet and exercise.

If you would like to learn more about how counseling and/or therapy can help you please contact me.  I practice counseling in Brighton (and in Hove) and London. Face to Face sessions available. Online Skype counseling sessions and phone sessions available.

*all therapeutic sessions are held in the strictest confidence.