"There is no greater agony
than bearing an untold story inside you"
- Maya Angelou, 1969
Person Centred (Humanistic) counselling
This approach is based on building a strong therapeutic relationship with the client through open and honest dialogue such as is vital for medium - longer term work. The therapist seeks to understand an individual's experience from their point of view by providing an empathic, and non-judgemental experience for the client.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a more directional approach where the therapist helps a client self-manage their “problems” by working with them to break down, explore and re-evaluate their internal processes i.e. unhelpful thoughts, feelings, physical reactions and resulting behaviours that maintain their issues. The client will be introduced to a variety of tools to help change negative behavioural patterns.
Where an individual has experienced great emotional pain, the mind may seek to deny the memory of the experiences causing their distress. They get buried and the mind develops “defences” …a form of self-protection to avoid feeling. This pain has a tendency to re-emerge eventually in a form that may not be immediately recognisable or obvious (e.g. uncontrollable anger or rage behaviours, drug and alcohol misuse or expressions of depression). The psychodynamic approach helps clients locate, work through and process these deep rooted, sometimes unconscious feelings and memories with a view to developing a greater understanding of how the past is impacting on their present life and allowing the client to start moving forward more positively.