What is Counselling Psychology?

Counselling Psychology is more than just listening – it is often referred to as “the talking cure”. Psychological therapy will help you to explore the ways in which your past, present-day and your anxieties about the future might be affecting you. By applying psychological understanding to your problems a Counselling Psychologist will be able to help you to feel more in control of your situation, manage stress, and support you in the decisions you make about positive change. By working within strict ethical codes, incorporating research evidence into practice and emphasising the importance of a supportive and strong therapeutic relationship, the Counselling Psychologist aims to facilitate the journey towards better emotional and mental health.

What issues can be addressed by Counselling Psychology?

The following are examples of issues that can be addressed by Counselling Psychology. The list is not exhaustive. If something worries, concerns or upsets you then Counselling Psychology may be able to help you address your concern.

  • Depression or low mood
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship or family problems
  • Phobias
  • Stress, worry, panic attacks
  • Obsessions and compulsions
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Trauma
  • Past childhood neglect or abuse
  • Low self-esteem
  • Sleep problems
  • Work related issues – stress, bullying, harassment
  • Life changes or loss of direction
  • Sexuality or gender issues

How can psychological therapy help?

The treatment plan for each person is different and is centred on your own individual needs. Treatment can help you to confront symptoms, manage difficult life events and decrease psychological distress in order to enhance and promote psychological well-being. You will be able to discuss with your psychologist the changes that you would like to make in your life.

Which approach is used in psychological therapy?

I will use a therapeutic approach that is centred on your presenting issues. I frequently work within an integrative approach which, draws from a range of approaches based on latest research findings to allow the best way of working with your individual needs.

  • Integrative
  • Psychodynamic
  • Object Relations
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Humanistic
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Mindfulness

What benefits can be expected?

The main factor that usually determines how successful the therapy is often does not lie with the technique used, but rather with the relationship between the counsellor or psychotherapist and the client. How you connect with your therapist is likely to determine how successful your treatment is.