About seeking counselling /therapy
The reasons people seek counselling or therapy is as varied as the people themselves who seek support in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental setting. Clients may be unemployed, students, or executives of large businesses. They may be seeking the opportunity to undertake personal development or help with depression or anxiety or seeking help with issues causing profound distress.
Clients choose to work with a counsellor or psychotherapist based on what outcome they are looking for from the therapy, how they feel in the company of the counsellor and their preferred therapeutic approach.
Broadly speaking there are four therapeutic approaches but within these many different therapeutic techniques may be used.
The psychoanalytic and psychodynamic approaches work with a client’s unconscious thoughts that have been moulded as a result of childhood experiences. Gaining insight into how these have affected their current behaviour and thoughts helps bring about change.
The cognitive and behavioural approaches concentrate on the way you think and behave, respectively. These two therapies help teach clients to transform their thoughts or behaviour to meet specific goals.
Enabling individuals to recognise their true nature and creativity, the humanistic therapies focus on self-development, growth and an individual’s responsibility for the decisions and choices they make in life.
The integrative approach is where the therapist uses a combination of the above therapeutic approaches based upon the needs of the client and the therapist’s professional experience, wisdom and creativity.
Benefits of counselling or psychotherapy
- Identify personal goals or difficulties
- Help with specific goals or difficulties
- Feel better about yourself
- Increased ability to express yourself
- Reduced stress
- Improved relationships with others
- Increased self-confidence
- Increased self-fulfilment