Therapies Available through our Service
Assessment will help determine your way forward.
What we offer
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Usually short term collaborative work which helps a person to develop new skills and coping mechanisms. The person learns how to recognise and understand how difficult thoughts and behaviours arise. They can then practise the techniques to manage their feelings and responses more successfully.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Based on the idea that disturbing memories may be stored in the brain, with the emotions, physical sensations and beliefs that were there at the time of the event. Although the memory itself may be shut away, it can give rise to difficult thoughts, feelings and behaviours. During an EMDR session, eye movements are used to help the different parts of the brain reconnect so that memories can be put into a new perspective where they becomes part of the individual’s learning and resilience and no longer cause distress.
Group Analytic Psychotherapy
Exploring difficult situations in our lives, with others who share some similar experiences. It can initially be very challenging to be in the group situation as we may already be struggling with feelings of alienation from others or the opposite, feeling too dependent. However, as it is often our experience of the family or social group which has created these difficulties, it is in a group that we may best find a new way of being with others.
Integrative, Humanistic Therapy
Non-directive, focusing on the client’s own values, where the client is regarded as the expert on himself. The client’s self-awareness and sense of self-worth is developed through the relationship with the counsellor. The best way out of difficulties will be one unique to the individual. The work is generally ‘Person Centred’ and will often focus on the whole of the individual’s experiences, thoughts, feelings and actions in the present. It is a route to self-development and growth.
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT/MBSR))
Based upon developing a non-judgemental attitude toward ourselves and others which allows us to focus on the present moment and appreciate it without all the baggage of the past. It encourages us to live in the present rather than continually going over the past or worrying about the future, enabling us to feel alive and connected.
An approach which believes in the healing potential of nature-connecting activities, seeing nature itself as co-therapist. Growth and wellbeing are facilitated through contact with those aspects of nature that the client is most drawn to, through activities that reinforce the client’s bonds with the Earth, and by the use of natural metaphors such as the cycle of seasons.
Exploring patterns in a person’s life and how they are repeating themselves in the present. It examines the emotions which may be keeping us stuck and explores how we might change their influence. It focuses upon the relationships we have developed with ourselves and others, facilitating new understandings which give us more choice in how we move forward.
A humanistic and holistic therapy. One of its chief distinctions from more traditional Freudian analytical therapy is that it holds we have a “higher” as well as a “lower” unconscious, and that body, mind and feelings are closely connected. Through exploration of all these elements, sometimes through the use of imagery and visualisation, it is possible to understand the patterns that we find ourselves repeating and to move towards uncovering our true potential.
Helps people who are unhappy in their relationship with one another find a way through to better communication. It is not limited to people who are married, but can help in any close relationship. It is about finding common ground and respecting individual difference, enabling better choices to be made and helping people feel more comfortable about their way forward, whatever that might be.
Counsellors in Training
As a BACP accredited counselling service we take very seriously our duty of care to clients. To maintain standards within the organisation, senior clinicians with qualifications in supervision monitor the work of all our counsellors. As we believe that every client is unique, there is always something new for us as professionals to learn.
As a charity we look to provide a safe and professional route for counsellors beginning their profession. If we feel that their experience and previous work provides appropriate skills, we offer internships to people who are working towards final accreditation. As this work is mostly voluntary it helps us to offer counselling at a cost matched to people’s circumstances.
Our therapists, whatever their level of experience, are committed to their own development which we facilitate, providing opportunities for training and continuing professional development (CPD) within the organisation. Some of our senior staff may also be undertaking further training to develop further areas of expertise for their work with clients.
Sometimes a client is asked if they are willing for their situation to be discussed with others in a training organisation to help the therapist progress in their studies. There is never any obligation to agree to this and any discussion would always be anonymous. The counsellor will always explain what this would involve with the client beforehand.