What is Counselling & Therapy
Counselling is essentially exploring through talking.
The more you speak about your life, thoughts and feelings with your counselling therapist, the more you will begin to transform the way you live, think and feel. People become tangled up in their circumstances and run habitual ways of responding, over time this contributes to all manner of challenges. Counselling provides an opportunity for you to step away from your daily-life, into a neutral space, with a non-judgmental and unbiased person, who is extensively trained to help you to explore yourself, your world and the impact of others. As you begin to uncover the extent of your psyche, you will become more reflective, self-aware and less reactive to ‘triggers’. You will feel calmer, happier, less distressed, less overwhelmed and more in control.
This process is normally daunting at the start but I can assure you that very quickly you’ll find the experience interesting, insightful, and maybe even life changing. Counselling is unlike talking to a friend or a partner because the entire time is spent focusing on you and your life. from an objective viewpoint. It’s a place for clarity, support and emotional growth.
Rebecca is an ‘Integrative Therapist’, but what does that mean?
Integrative therapy is a combined approach to counselling that brings together different elements of specific therapies. Integrative therapists take the view that there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations. Each person needs to be considered as a whole and counselling techniques must be tailored to their individual needs and personal circumstances. Integrative counselling maintains the idea that there are many ways in which human psychology can be explored and understood – no one theory holds the answer. All theories are considered to have value, even if their foundational principles contradict each other – hence the need to integrate them. The integrative approach also refers to the infusion of a person’s personality and needs – integrating the affective, behavioural, cognitive, and physiological systems within one person, as well as addressing social and spiritual aspects. Essentially, integrative counsellors are not only concerned with what works, but why it works – tailoring therapy to their clients and not the client to the therapy.
Rebecca is more than happy to work in a purist way (using only one style of therapy), if this is what you would prefer or if it would better suit the nature of your challenges.