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.

Counselling and what to expect:

 

Something has led you here, perhaps a current situation that you are facing, the way you are feeling or a desire to change. My role is to help and support you with whatever you are facing. The aim of counselling is to provide you with a confidential opportunity to explore personal and relational issues in safety. My role is to help you through this process without judgement and without telling you what to do. I may on occasion share information or offer suggestions.

As our work progresses, it may become clear that you have particular elements of your life that would benefit from further exploration or ‘focused work’. We may even establish that certain goals would be beneficial. There is no pressure to do or speak about anything in particular. We will focus on what you decide to bring to each session. We may explore things you find hard to address but always within the confines of what feels right for you.

I will guide and support you through this process from beginning to end.

Rebecca.

Want to know more?

It’s perfectly normal to have questions at this stage.
If you visit the information hub on this site or follow this link [FAQ’s] you’ll find lots of useful information.
If you would like to know anything else then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

The White Barn is a historic building, beautifully converted into a luxurious, tranquil and safe space, perfect for all types of therapy.
Tucked away in the corner of the Market Square in Princes Risborough, it boasts privacy and confidentiality.
Resident therapist Rebecca is an Integrative Therapeutic Counsellor who offers services designed to help improve your well-being and mental health.

To make an initial enquiry please telephone The White Barn on 01844 344403.
Typically the sessions are 50 minutes, there is no fee for the first session, further sessions are £50 and there is no limit to the number of sessions you can have.*
To get a feel for the services on offer please refer to the ‘Counselling and Therapy Services’ page on this website.
To find out more about any of the services, please feel free to contact Rebecca directly who will be only too happy to assist you.

*Rebecca does offer extended sessions and some services at a higher fee, please speak with her directly for more information.