Psychodynamic approach

Psychodynamic therapy is longer term therapy and stresses the importance of the unconscious and past experience in shaping current behaviour. This model of therapy takes into account the early years of human development. How the events of these years have had an impact on the relationships of a life time; how one views one self; others and the world. The client is encouraged to talk about childhood relationships with parents and other significant people and the therapist focuses on the client/therapist relationship (the dynamics).

Therapeutic change occurs through the exploration and re-evaluation within the therapeutic relationship of the ways in which the client relates in his or her world. We work deeply together to understand you and your life, working with the understanding of the past and how it influences your present life. The relationship occurring in the 'therapeutic space' mirrors many of the relationships clients experience in the outside world. We work with the conscious and unconscious, defences and transference. Clients are through this process able to have a greater understanding of themselves, enabling them to make changes if needed and respond to their world in more effective ways, leading to a happier more fullfilling life.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) approach

The basic approach of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is to address emotional and behavioural problems by drawing attention to thinking patterns and moods; When you are absorbed in emotional problems, you won't be at your most rational.

A crucial CBT concept is thought process - thoughts about yourself, other people and life situations - and how they have a huge effect on your emotional well-being. CBT assists clients in understanding how the way they think, feel, and respond to the events in their lives, are all very closely linked. Then, if we change our behaviours, challenge unhelpful thinking, break negative cycles, a new more effective pattern of behaviour will emerge and we can begin to change the way we feel.

CBT works by using a structured approach in which we agree specific therapeutic goals, then working together to achieve them. The goals agreed may be a combination of things such as work done in counselling sessions, agreed 'homework' for you to do between sessions, or using other activities and objectives appropriate to your needs. The CBT approach is very much about working together to reach your goals enabling you to manage your life effectively through continuing to practice the techniques offered in the sessions.

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