What to expect 
 
Counselling and Psychotherapy are forms of talking therapy which take place in a safe and confidential setting where you can reflect on your emotions and feelings. 
 
You and the therapist work collaboratively to discover patterns of thoughts and emotions that may be causing you distress/difficulty or affecting how you deal with in relationships with others.  
 
As you and the therapist reach an understanding what may be causing this, you both work collaboratively to explore new ways that may be helpful to bring about a positive change in order that you feel more equipped to deal with the issues that are uniquely affecting your life.
There are various approaches to counselling and psychotherapy.

I have listed some below

Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy
Involves working towards understanding how past relationships and events have impacted on your relationships and life choices. In this type o
f therapy, I will look at what is not spoken in words but is played out in the room; this helps me gain more insight in order to help you at a deeper in-depth level that, which is out of your awareness.
 
Existential Therapy
Observes and examining your life and what it means to you, taking responsibility for your own actions and choices. It is also about recognising that you have choices in life and are all free to make your own independent and informed choices. This theory looks at your worldview i.e. being in the world, who am I, where am I going and how you relate to your being in the world.
 
Art Therapies
Art therapy uses the creative process of art-making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression may assist to resolve conflicts, develop interpersonal skills, manage behaviour, reduce stress /anxiety, increase self-esteem, insight and self-awareness.
 
Person-centred counselling/Humanistic therapy
Some of us come to therapy seeking a space in which they can safely explore situations and express their feelings in a setting where they can feel listened to with empathy and acceptance.  This approach addresses concerns as they are understood in the present.  The person-centred approach which respects the premise that each person has within themselves the capacity to grow and find answers that honour their uniqueness.


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Involves setting plans of actions and tasks in order to combat negative thoughts, which lead to depression, anxiety and other similar concerns. (CBT) is an effective type of approach I use to establish a shared understanding of how your thoughts, behaviour and emotions interact.  Using this formulation, you can increase your awareness of these patterns and be empowered to develop more positive thinking styles and greater resilience.


The Integrative approach

This approach is a blend of the above and other therapies. It can provide insight into the role of previous experiences which can help clarify why it is that certain patterns recur in your life.  It can also shed light on some of the dynamics that occur within therapy itself and equip us with the awareness.
 
Please see BACP, UKCP, BPC  websites for further information.