My Therapeutic approach is based on the Person Centred Therapy while incorporating other schools of therapy as the issue or the clients comfort level dictate. I use Person Centred Therapy as the basis for all my therapeutic work as I believe that the therapeutic relationship is the most important factor in facilitating change. Using this as my base I will also introduce complimentary therapies to challenge clients to bring about their desired results. Listed below are schools of therapy that I would use the most and a short description of each.
Person Centred Therapy
- Active Listening
- Non Directive
- Client Lead Process
- Great Emphasis on Counsellor-Client Relationship
- Rapport building
- Non Judgmental
- Unconditional Positive Regard
This school of therapy can be applied to practically any of presenting issues in counselling due to its non intrusive gentle approach. The relationship is the basis of any trans-formative counselling work. The Counsellor strives to be genuine, accepting and caring while also showing an understanding of the clients world view. This form of therapy is best used along side a different method, for example CBT, to bring about faster results in therapy.
CBT: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Active Directive
- Present moment centred
- Structured Therapy plans
- Time Limited
- Challenges Irrational Beliefs
- Changes Internal Dialogue and Thoughts Patterns
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has been proven to effective positive results in a number of client issues such as; depression, anxiety, stress management, skills training, panic attacks, assertiveness, eating disorders and social phobia, to name but a few. It works by assisting the client in modifying their cognitions or thought patterns while also teaching the client new coping skills. The client has the opportunity to reframe their outlook or look for alternative interpretations of their situation. Irrational Beliefs are challenged by gathering evidence of assumptions the client may have made. This method of therapy is a quick, solution focused process.
Reality Therapy/Choice Therapy
- Challenges Ineffective Behaviours
This method is particularly effective in helping the client exercise their choices in life. This therapy encourages the client to take responsibility of their behaviours and the results that they achieve through these behaviours. If the clients present behaviour is ineffective then a therapy plan can be put in place to assist change. Reality Therapy suits a wide range of clients and is well suited to brief therapy and crisis intervention.
Art Therapy/Non Verbal Therapies
- Non Verbal Approach
- Means of Emotional Expression
- Subconscious Exploration
- Feeling/Bodily Approach
- Facilitates Communication of Concious/Subconscious Feelings.
This Therapeutic approach uses exercises such as picture painting/drawing, sand or stone therapy and other forms of play therapy. The point of which is to evoke a connection to the subconscious self in order to heal hurt or resolve any conflicts on this level. If we consider our concious self to be the tip of the iceberg then Art therapy facilitates the discovery or connection to the rest of the iceberg. These exercises work well for clients who are caught up in their thought processes and would benefit from reconnecting with their feeling/bodily self.
- Dream Analysis
- Free Association
- Analysis of Resistance
This method of therapy is best suited to clients who have had intensive therapy and who want a deeper level of awareness. The process encourages further exploration into any subconscious conflicts that may arise so that the client has more insight into their subconscious beliefs or behaviours.