Counselling and psychotherapy offer you an opportunity to examine your thoughts, feelings and behaviours at a deep and profound level, gain new insight into your relationships, find a greater sense of balance and gain wisdom or acceptance of your experiences.
At our initial assessment we will discuss which therapeutic approach we will work from. Here is a brief introduction to some of the ways we may work:
The therapeutic relationship is unique and not like others you may have. Within therapy, given the rich opportunity for personal development therapy offers, it is crucial we are able to maximise our sessions and make the most of therapy.
When you agree to work with me we will agree a contract for the way that we will work and what the focus of our sessions will be. We will review and adapt as we work but we will always have a foundation which we will discuss within your assessment, in our first session.
Short and long term therapy is available and we will explore your individual needs together. Sessions are 50 minutes in length and normally take place on a weekly basis.
Group therapy is offered using the foundation and guiding principles of Transactional Analysis.
Aims of group therapy
In some respects group therapy and individual therapy are alike and the aims are usually similar. With group therapy however, the therapist may make use of the group dynamic to achieve these aims in a different way. Speaking in general terms, the aims of group therapy are:
1. To help individuals identify maladaptive behaviour
Being in a group setting in a therapy environment can help people identify their own behaviours and differences better. As there is room for comparison, you may discover that you are not perhaps as adaptive as you would like. Group therapy aims to help people see themselves and their behaviours more clearly.
2. To help with emotional difficulties through feedback
Discussing emotional difficulties with your therapist and other members of the group therapy session will provide you with extensive feedback. This feedback could be advice from the therapist or even practical tips from others in the group who have experienced a similar problem themselves. The aim is to help you learn your own coping methods so you can handle things if/when problems arise.
3. To offer a supportive environment
Group therapy is not only an opportunity to receive feedback and advice, it is also an opportunity to reach out and support others. What is discussed within your therapy sessions is done so in confidence. Speaking to people who are going through similar issues to yourself also helps you to feel less isolated and therefore more supported.