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Counselling falls under the umbrella term ‘talking therapies’ and allows people to discuss their problems and any difficult feelings they encounter in a safe, confidential environment. The term can mean different things to different people, but in general it is a process people seek when they want to change something in their lives, or simply explore their thoughts and feelings in more depth.

A counsellor is not there to sit you down and tell you what to do. Instead, they will encourage you to talk about what's bothering you in order to uncover any root causes and identify your specific ways of thinking. The counsellor may then look to create a plan of action to either help you reconcile your issues, or help you to find ways of coping.

Counselling does not come in a cookie-cutter format and each session is generally tailored to the individual. There is flexibility within this type of therapy that allows for a variety of counselling formats, including:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT helps clients to challenge negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours. It is most commonly used as a treatment for anxiety disorders and mild to moderate depression and is a type of talking therapy. It seeks to challenge negative beliefs and replace them with alternative ones, aid with problem solving and develop coping skills. CBT has also been used successfully with more complex difficulties and can be recommended by psychiatrists.

Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy evolved from psychoanalytic therapy and seeks to discover how unconscious thoughts affect current behaviour. Psychodynamic therapy usually focuses on more immediate problems and attempts to provide a quicker solution.

Solution Focussed Therapy

As the name suggests, this short-term therapy concentrates on finding solutions to a problem rather than seeking to find the cause. The resourceful client, who understands themselves the best, is encouraged to find their own solutions by the therapist. Change is seen as central to the therapy and there is an emphasis on realistic future aims.

Rebecca Way offers Counselling at Simply Osteo Clinic

Rebecca Way - Tuesdays 3pm-9pm