FAQ

What is humanistic method ?

Counselling clients with a humanistic approach provides them with an opportunity to explore creativity, personal growth and self-development, as well as acknowledging a variety of choices. The foundations of the humanistic approach provide the client with a deeper understanding of who they are, what they feel and the opportunity to explore the possibility of creating personal choices. It encourages self-awareness and self-realisation.

A humanistic approach provides a distinct method of counselling and focuses predominately on an individual’s unique, personal potential to explore creativity, growth, love and psychological understanding.

What is integrative counselling/psychotherapy ?

Integrative counselling. Integrative counselling, as the name suggests, is a combined approach to psychotherapy that brings together different elements of specific therapies. Integrative therapists take the view that there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations.

What is person-centred counselling ?

Person-centred therapy. Person-centred therapy, also known as client-centred counselling, is a humanistic approach that deals with the ways in which individuals perceive themselves consciously, rather than how a counsellor can interpret their unconscious thoughts or ideas.

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) ?

CBT can help with depression, anxiety, and a wide range of other problems. CBT is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on how a person’s thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes affect their feelings and behaviours. … People can learn more beneficial ways of thinking and behaving. CBT aim to reduce or eliminate symptoms.

What is Psychodynamic Counselling ?

Psychodynamic therapy sessions are intense and open-ended, dictated by the client’s free association rather than a set schedule or agenda. Its aim is to help us achieve insight and understanding around the reasons for our problems, and to translate this insight into a mature capacity to cope with current and future difficulties. It is exploring the client’s deep-seated needs, urges, and desires. Psychodynamic therapists attempt to help clients find patterns in their emotions, thoughts, and beliefs in order to gain insight into their current self. These patterns are often found to begin in the client’s childhood since psychodynamic theory holds that early life experiences are extremely influential in the psychological development and functioning as an adult. As the quote from Richard Summers below suggests, psychodynamic therapy aims to help the client identify important pieces of the puzzle that makes them who they are and rearrange them in ways that allow the client to form a more functional and positive sense of self. In these sessions, the therapist will encourage the client to talk freely about whatever is on their (conscious) mind. The thoughts and feelings discussed will be probed for recurring patterns in the client’s unconscious mind.

What is Gestalt therapy ?

Gestalt therapy has been successfully integrated into treatment programs for adults and teens who are being treated for substance abuse, addiction, behaviour disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, grief/loss, trauma, sex addiction, compulsive gambling, bipolar, depression and related conditions.

What is Transactional analysis ?

In therapy, transactional analysis can be used to address one’s interactions and communications with the purpose of establishing and reinforcing the idea that each individual is valuable and has the capacity for positive change and personal growth.

What is Psychotherapy ?

Psychotherapy refers to a range of treatments that can help with mental health problems, emotional challenges, and some psychiatric disorders. It aims to enable patients, or clients, to understand their feelings, and what makes them feel positive, anxious, or depressed.

What is Psychoanalysis ?

The method of psychological therapy originated by Sigmund Freud in which free association, and analysis of resistance and transference are used to explore repressed or unconscious impulses, anxieties, and internal conflicts. psychoanalytic therapy. The method places emphasis on unconscious conflict and childhood traumas and their impact on the development of later personality traits and psychological problems.

What is Psychodynamic therapy ?

Psychodynamic therapy focuses on unconscious processes as they are manifested in the client’s present behaviour. The goals of psychodynamic therapy are client self-awareness and understanding of the influence of the past on present behaviour. Psychodynamic therapy is primarily used to treat depression and other serious psychological disorders, especially in those who have lost meaning in their lives and have difficulty forming or maintaining personal relationships.

The therapies mentioned above are suitable for treating:




What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy, too, looks at your behavioural patterns that are causing you distress in your daily life.

Psychotherapy also works to help you have a deep understanding of your emotions by looking at your past. It questions how what you experienced as a child and young adult affected you in ways that might still be causing you issues now.

Psychotherapy aims to find the very roots and beginnings of your issues and challenges, not just how to manage them now.

Some sorts of psychotherapy also dive very deeply into exploration of self, looking at questions of identity and beliefs.

While counselling might have you asking, what can I do and change to feel better, psychotherapy might also find you asking, who am I? How did I become this person? And who do I really want to be, deep down?

Psychotherapy tends to be long-term, which can mean anything from six months to several years.

That said, there are some newer offshoots in psychotherapy which are shorter versions of longer psychotherapy models. The short-term forms of psychotherapy can be quite structured, like certain forms of counselling. Long-term forms of psychotherapy tend to work with what comes up each session without any imposed format or overall plan for the direction of your therapy.

The issues that psychotherapy deals with runs a very wide gamut. Like counselling, it can help with present issues like stress, relationship issues, bereavement, sexual problems, and addictions. It also deals with mental health challenges like depression, anxiety disorders personality disorders like OCD. And psychotherapy doesn’t just focus on present issues but also on past issues, such as childhood traumas like abuse and neglect.

What is Counselling?

Counselling is a term that can be used to describe any sort of talking therapy. What is talk therapy? Sharing what is troubling you in a safe, supportive environment to a person who is trained to listen and respond in a way that helps you to understand yourself and others better. Talking therapies help you find more effective ways to live a satisfying life.

All forms of talk therapy are a sort of counselling. But the term is most often used to describe the talk therapies which focus on your behaviour patterns. These are the choices and actions you are presently taking that are causing your life to be as it is.

Counselling might reference your past. But in general counselling’s focus is on helping you with what you are experiencing right now.

Counselling is often what is called ‘time-limited’ or ‘short-term’. In other words, you decide with your therapist during the first meeting how many sessions you will work together, which can be anywhere from 12 to 24 weeks or more. Because it’s shorter term, counselling can be quite structured, with an agenda laid out in advance.

The issues that counselling most often deals with are the things a client is currently feeling stressed by, whether that is the challenges they are facing on a daily basis at home or work or its a traumatic circumstance such as a breakup, divorce, or bereavement. Counselling can also help with things like confidence issues and addictions.

  • alcohol addiction abuse; anger management: affairs and betrayals anxiety and panic;
  • bullying
  • cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) confidence childhood trauma;
  • divorce depression dependent personality disorder
  • emotional abuse emotional impact of physical health conditions;
  • family issues; feeling sad fears
  • grief guilt; gestalt, generalised anxiety disorder
  • lack of direction; lack of feelings; loneliness; loss (in its many manifestations); low self-esteem;
  • marriage menopause
  • panic disorder past related issues post-traumatic stress; person-centered
  • redundancy relationship challenges and breakdown (with individuals, not couples);
  • relationship challenges and breakdown (with individuals, not couples);
  • separation and divorce stress management self-hatred; feeling of something not being right;
  • trauma
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