Counselling Theories

Don’t worry you don’t need to understand any of the theories to benefit from counselling, however in case you are interested here is a brief summary of the different approaches that I used.

Humanistic Therapies

Humanistic therapies focus on self-development, personal growth, and responsibilities. It could help you to recognise your own strengths, creativity and choices in the ‘here and now’.

Person Centred Counselling

Person centred counselling focuses on your individual worth and values. By providing a relationship which is empathetic, non-judgemental and congruent, I can help you will feel valued and more accepting of who you are.

Transactional Analysis (TA)

Transactional analysis is based on the theory that we each have three ego states, Child, Adult and Parent. Though using TA we can identify how you communicate with others and how this can be changed.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

This approach focuses on thoughts, emotions, physical feelings and actions. It can help to show you how each one of these can have an affect on the others.

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)

NLP looks at the relationship between the way we process our thoughts and how this affects our internal experience, how this in turn affects our behaviour which affects those around us.

Solution Focused Therapies (SFT)

SFT focuses on solutions rather than problems and is goal orientated. It acknowledges distress but encourages you to focus on finding your own solutions as you understand your resources and strengths.

Time Limited or Brief Therapy

Time limited therapy is carried out with the different models described above focusing on your  ‘live issues’ and often uses goal setting. This allows us to make optimal use of a limited number of counselling sessions.