Counselling or Psychotherapy (terms that are used interchangeably) are ‘talking therapies’ that seek, through the development of a close professional relationship, to uncover the causes of psychological distress that you may be experiencing. Counselling has many approaches such as CBT, Gestalt, Solution Focussed, Transactional Analysis, Family Therapy as well as a host of other philosophies. All are subtly different but at their centre in the need to explain distress through exploring the thoughts, feelings and behaviours of the client in how they are managing themselves, their lives and their situation.
You may also see the ‘terms’ Counselling for depression, anxiety, stress, phobias, loss or addictions but generally the process and relationship are the same. Although these ‘issues’ have different themes and sensations the process of change is pretty much the same. At It’s Okay Counselling we adopt a Person Centred Approach which is a tried and tested method that has been shown to be effective is dealing with a variety of mental health problems. It is a counselling philosophy that is underpinned by the view that people are unique, are ever evolving and are capable of growth if the opportunity to do so is available. This opportunity is created by the counsellor who provides conditions (within the counselling room) that will enable you to explore, understand and engage in new insights into you and your current situation, allowing you to move more freely in the world. These conditions are developed within the close professional relationship, with your counsellor, who will provide you with warmth, care, understanding, honesty and trust. By experiencing these conditions you will begin to hear your own voice more clearly and begin again, to trust yourself in a more open and genuine way. Your difficulties may still be apparent but your ability to cope with them will increase as will your ability to experience more positive times.