Counselling and Psychotherapy

Who can benefit from counselling?

I see many people who have problems with anxiety, depression, low self esteem, bereavement, substance dependence, relationship issues, anger, bullying and many other kinds of abuse.  I particularly specialise in working with all types of trauma that clients have suffered.

What types of approach are used in counselling?

Person-centred counselling takes the view that every person's situation and experiences are different, and my approach involves me and my client working together as a team with me sensitively assisting the client to find answers.  I will use different therapeutic approaches to suit the client's individual needs and how we jointly see the way forward to solutions or changes that the client wants to see in their life. 

At the heart of a person-centred approach are the counsellor’s skills in active listening, responding sensitively to the client’s reflections and helping the client to see issues and challenges in a different way for themselves.  What this means is that the client is allowed the space and time to find their own answers rather than have someone else tell them what they think they need to do.

It is the counsellor's responsibility to keep the client safe as they work together in a way in which the client knows that they are completely accepted with unconditional positive regard and anything that is revealed is treated confidentially.

Cognitive behavioural therapy typically involves helping the client to deal with negative thoughts and irrational beliefs (which we all have), thus changing their way of thinking in the long term.  It is problem-solving and change-focussed.

Transactional analysis links current behaviour causing problems to early life experiences, which can exert considerable influence in the present. It helps bring matters of which we are unconscious into the conscious, so that we become more aware of how we think and feel.

How does therapy differ from counselling?

Therapy is more directive.  The client and I will agree on a course of action and the client will complete work with me in sessions as well as undertake activities between sessions which will enable him/her to reach the solution that we have both agreed upon.

How many sessions would I need?

This depends on the client and their needs.  On occasions when counselling has continued into a 4th week, we hold a review to assess progress.

Martin Clegg