Our counsellors use a range of the following approaches in their counselling. If you are particularly interested in any of these approaches, please mention it when you contact us.
Gestalt theory and practice is a very effective and empowering change process for working with individuals, couples, groups teams and organisations. It brings greater understanding and awareness of how people communicate and relate to each other. Key ideas derived from gestalt psychology are that with heightened holistic awareness you will increase your ability to communicate with others responsibly and clearly, whilst appreciating that you are in relation. This can bring the experience of effective, lively change and satisfaction.
Coming from the “personal growth movement” this approach encourages people to think about their feelings and take responsibility for their thoughts and actions. Emphasis is on self-development and achieving highest potential. “Client-Centred” or “Non-Directive” approach is often used and the therapy can be described as “holistic” or looking at person as a whole. The client’s creative instincts may be used to explore and resolve personal issues.
This is when several distinct models of counselling and psychotherapy are used together.
Devised by Carl Rogers and also called “Client-Centred” or “Rogerian” counselling, this is based on the assumption that a client seeking help in the resolution of a problem they are experiencing, can enter into a relationship with a counsellor who is sufficiently accepting and permissive to allow the client to freely express any emotions and feelings. This will enable the
client to come to terms with negative feelings, which may have caused emotional problems, and develop inner resources. The objective is for the client to become able to see himself
as a person, with the power and freedom to change, rather than as an object.
This approach stresses the importance of the unconscious and past experience in shaping current behaviour. The client is encouraged to talk about childhood relationships
with parents and other significant people and the therapist focuses on the client/therapist relationship (the dynamics) and in particular on the transference. Transference is when the client projects onto the therapist feelings experienced in previous significant relationships.
The Psychodynamic approach is derived from Psychoanalysis but usually provides a quicker solution to emotional problems.
Relationship counselling enables the parties in a relationship to recognise repeating patterns of distress and to understand and manage troublesome differences that they are experiencing.
The relationship involved may be between, for example, members of a family (see also Family Therapy) or a couple, or work colleagues.
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
This promotes positive change rather than dwelling on past problems. Clients are encouraged to focus positively on what they do well and to set goals and work out how to achieve them. As little as 3 or 4 sessions may be beneficial.
For more information on our Counselling Services in Birmingham, please contact us.