Counselling Techniques - Types of Therapy
Our relationship counsellors are trained listeners. Trained to listen on many levels, not just to what is said. This means that we can help you explore beneath the surface of things in order to get to the root of what is troubling you and get the outcomes that you really want.
We are trained in various counselling techniques or types of therapy. As the saying goes, “If all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail”. We know that everybody sees things differently and works differently. We combine and adapt the different types of therapy based on your needs and what works best for you. Some of the counselling techniques we use are:
- Person-centred therapy
- Psychodynamic therapy
- Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
- Family Therapy
- Attachment Based Therapy
- Emotion Focused Therapy
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Mindfulness)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Interpersonal Psychotherapy
- Existential Psychotherapy
- Narrative Therapy
- Gestalt Therapy
- Transactional Analysis
- Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)
Creating awareness and understanding is only a part of what we do. The next step is to create a plan of action specifically tailored for you. Here we're interactive. We give feedback and direction that is helpful. At the same time, we believe strongly in your capacity to set your own goals and define your own measures of success. So we work together with you to identify your strengths and harness them to work towards meaningful change.
A counsellor is your professional friend. By 'friend', we mean that we are on your side. You can talk to us about pretty much anything and that will be OK. By 'professional', we mean that we use everything we know in terms of expertise, qualifications and lived experience to help you. We won't just offer meaningless sympathy. Where necessary, we will even be challenging where that's clearly appropriate.
What this adds up to is a counselling relationship which is genuine and warm but with strong ‘boundaries’ or parameters. Boundaries make sure the relationship stays on a professional footing. For example, our relationship counsellors won’t take up the time you've paid for by chatting about their own lives. They won’t judge you or make you feel small. They won't impose their opinions or beliefs on you. They will respect the professional limits of the counselling relationship. They will keep what you say confidential.
So in a counselling session you can feel safe, cared for, supported, able to be open, and able to be yourself. It's the best possible environment for you to explore, heal and grow.