Counselling services in Salford and Manchester
I have a variety of different approaches and techniques to offer. When we meet for the first time we will discuss what the issues are, how I can help, and what approaches might be useful for you. Below is an outline of some of the tools in my toolkit. More information can be found in the Counselling and FAQ pages.
Person Centred Approach (PCA)
In the 1950’s Carl Rogers, the originator of this type of counselling, believed and taught that all individuals deserve and merit the right to be listened to and truly heard, understood, respected, empathised with and offered a genuine response. He pronounced that this was at the core of all good counselling. I also believe this. Whilst the integration of other therapy models can be of great assistance and provide useful tools, without the above attitude, counselling runs the risk of being mechanistic and prescriptive.
In many some circumstances PCA alone is sufficient for change, growth and re-empowerment. The British Association for the Person Centred Approach; www.bapca.org.uk
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT was developed by Aaron Beck. This is the NHS’s current favoured therapy model and NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) approved.
CBT is useful particularly when intrusive unhelpful thoughts are impacting on your well being. We look at those thought patterns and their power to influence and develop new perspectives and positive ways of looking at one’s thoughts, feelings, behaviours and situations. Homework is one aspect of CBT. A useful website is www.get.gg
Eye Movement De-sensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)
Discovered by Francine Shapiro in the 1980’s, EMDR is a therapeutic intervention approved by the WHO World Health Organisation and by NICE in the UK. It has excellent results for dealing with trauma and importantly deals with the legacy of past traumas as it impacts on our lives in terms of unhealthy symptoms which we bear today. The EMDR Association has more information.
Perhaps this is the therapy which seems most mysterious and counter intuitive. All hypnosis is self hypnosis. It is a great way of assisting clients to manage difficult or distressing symptoms.
By focusing on our sub-conscious, hynosis is a great ally in helping in such ways as improving sleep, reducing anxiety, aiding relaxation, and increasing your confidence, self esteem and self worth. It helps with overcoming fears and creating new positive thought pathways. www.thehypnotherparyassociation.co.uk
Mindfulness and Meditation
The origins of this are in the Far East and the Buddhist tradition. This is something that is taught and is gaining recognition within the NHS. It is a really useful practice to enable inner awareness to be in the here and now, which promotes acceptance, relaxation and freedom from internal distress. For more information www.the-guided-meditation-site.com
The Enneagram is probably the least familiar aspect of therapy in my “toolkit”. It has been said that its origins date back to the Sufis in the ancient Middle East. I know it through being taught by Helen Palmer and David Daniels, two leading teachers. It is a means of discovering our authentic identity, which in many instances has been buried under the stuff of life. Re-discovering the real me can be very enlightening. Don’t worry, we find it by talking, listening and reading. To learn more go to, www.enneagram.com
Focusing is about listening to your body and being receptive to it. It is about initiating a conversation with your body. The body is always in the here and now and when we connect with it, it is a great resource for informing, providing insight and healing. www.focusing.org
Emotional Freedom Therapy EFT
Sometimes known as “tapping” a holistic tool, which links mind body and spirit which helps generate acceptance and change. www.tapping.com
Neuro-Linguistic Programming NLP
As the name suggests it is a way of becoming aware of our minds constant dialogue and re-calibrating those thoughts to create a positive internal and external dialogue with ourselves and others.
The singular aim of the services we provide is to help assist you to feel better, cope better, be better in all you do - that's all. www.anlp.org
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