There are different types of counselling. As an integrative counsellor, I draw theory and tools from various counselling modalities, including elements of Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) and Transactional Analysis (TA). It doesn’t matter whether you know about these different modalities, but you may find this webpage on types of therapy helpful if you want more infomation on different counselling modalities.
In summary, I aim to work with the whole person, looking at:
- physical symptoms which may be impacting or being aggravated by your struggles
- behaviour or choices
- thoughts and values
- the spirit/soul
I believe humans all have deep needs for unconditional love, acceptance and a sense of purpose in their lives. Where we are lacking in these things, we form ideas (beliefs) as to where we can find fulfilment. These beliefs lead us to choose self-protective behaviour, to withdraw from relationships or to become too dependant on others. When these behaviours don’t bring us the fulfilment we need, we may feel anxious, angry, guilty or depressed and our bodies can suffer.
Physical, emotional and behavioural symptoms can indicate our beliefs regarding fulfilment. Looking at childhood relationships and experiences can also provide clues. By identifying and examining our beliefs, we can evaluate them and, where necessary, replace them with more healthy beliefs. We can find sources of true fulfilment which will allow us more freedom to enjoy life.