What types of counselling
do I PRACTICE?
Another practice I use is Transactional Analysis. This is where we might look at the different messages you picked up from people while growing up and consider how this plays out in your life now. It also looks at things like how we relate with others, looking at what goes on within ourselves and in the relationships we form. This practice can allow us to think about these things in great depth, bringing some of our unconscious behaviours into our awareness. Sometimes I might share the thoughts of this theory with you in our sessions, but it is still based on the idea that all people have the ability to think and to make and change their own decisions.
In addition to all of these, at times I may use more creative techniques such as artwork, writing, working in metaphor and breathing techniques. These can be really helpful as alternative ways of expressing ourselves.
At times I also draw upon a practice called Gestalt. This is where there’s a lot of focus on how you’re feeling in the here and now. Under this practice therapists strive towards accepting people as we are now, with less focus on analysing and interpreting people.
One of my most favoured points of this practice is based on something written by a man called Arnold Beisser in 1970 within his Paradoxical theory of Change. Here he explains that change occurs when one becomes what he is, not when he tries to become what he is not. This suggests that until we accept ourselves completely, we cannot change as people. When we do accept ourselves, change will begin to occur naturally. Within my work, I therefore use this to help individuals to learn about themselves, to notice their feelings and behaviours in order to help them accept themselves completely.
My style falls predominantly under the Humanistic umbrella, which means I sit with a view that we all have the ability to change and develop as individuals. Sometimes it’s just a case of helping people to realise their inner strengths. I do this by encouraging people to think about feelings, emotions and thoughts and use a number of different theories to help with this.
One of the approaches that falls under the Humanistic umbrella is a the Person-Centred Approach. This is where people are seen as individuals with unique experiences. It is thought that within us, we have the resources to understand ourselves and to decide our own behaviours. Within this practice, there is great emphasis on the importance of the relationship between individuals and their counsellor. When I utilise a Person-Centred Approach, I will be empathetic, non-judgemental, genuine and will allow you take the lead.