Counselling & Psychotherapy
could be just the answer to enjoying life to the full
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), relaxation and meditation produce powerful solutions for all major life-encompassing problems.
Counselling & Psychotherapy – the Holistic approach
In Holistic Psychotherapy and Counselling, clients are treated as a whole person, mind, body and spirit. It is solution rather than problem-focused as it is always preferable to help the client in the direction he or she wishes to go (goal-setting) as opposed to spending lengthy periods of time on where the client has already come from (the problem).
Based largely on CBT and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, conditions during sessions are created allowing clients to achieve effective and rapid results. It has been shown to be successful in challenging situations such as addiction, depression, child-protection, abuse, relationship conflict and family breakdown. Solution-Focused approaches involve:
- Focusing on resources rather than problems
- Looking for what is right rather than what is wrong
- Negotiating effective goals and creating preferred futures
- Building expectation of change rather than dwelling on unwanted pasts
- Finding the client’s own way of changing
If any therapy works it has led to the client ‘doing something different’, so we start by trying to discover what the ‘something different’ might be. Instead of asking about the problem we ask: “What are your best hopes from this therapy?” The focus is then on what our client wants to achieve and the overall aim for therapy is established.
We then ask questions about how the person’s life would look if their ‘best hopes’ were realised. Many clients will spend much of their first session describing what life would be like if the difficulties that brought them to therapy were resolved. Many people get stuck with their problem because they can’t imagine what will replace it. Sometimes, beginning to picture a viable alternative is all that is necessary to start the natural process of change.
As we work with the person’s innate tendency to strive towards perfection, combined with their life-force and energy, the results can be fast and transformational. In addition relaxation and meditation teaches a client to relax away negative thought patterns and instead focus on what they want in their life.
I am available to see clients usually for short-term brief therapy, although in some cases more sessions may be necessary.
Clients can be seen in the Brighton Therapy Centre, 14 St George’s Place, BN1 4GB and in Hove. Call now to discuss how we can work together and to book for an appointment. You can find further information on the Counselling Directory, in which I am a member.
Appointments can be made for daytime, some evenings and Saturday mornings. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work to its ethical guidelines.