The approach taken is predominantly CBT – cognitive behaviour therapy. Unlike some of the other talking treatments, it focuses on your ‘here and now’ problems and difficulties, although at times you may need to talk about the past to understand how it is affecting you now.
CBT is a way of talking about:
- how you think about yourself, the world and other people
- how what you do affects your thoughts and feelings.
How you think about a problem can affect how you feel physically and emotionally. It can also alter what you do about it. There are helpful and unhelpful ways of reacting to most situations, depending on how you think about them.
Although CBT has a clinically proven history, it isn’t a universal panacea, and the counsellor will use the most appropriate therapeutic intervention for you personally.
It’s difficult to know at the outset how long you need to come for counselling. Usually 6 sessions are agreed initially, but occasionally fewer are sufficient, and often more are wanted. A therapist is like a personal trainer that suggests and encourages – but cannot ‘do’ it for you.
Your first meeting with the counsellor, of up to an hour, is free – this gives you the opportunity to decide whether you’ve made the right choice of therapist or therapy.