Types of Counselling
My Approach and Finding The Best Method For You.
Finding The Right Therapy
My clients are often surprised by the different types of counselling which are available to them at my practice. Opening up to another person and sharing what is troubling you can be tough. So, I offer different ways in which we can work together to make the process as relaxed and easy as possible. Each offers different benefits, and you can chose the method which suits you best. In some cases we can adopt a blended approach, where we can use a mixture of these techniques.
This page offers an insight into the different types of counselling which I offer to my clients.
The Counselling Room
Off all the different types of counselling available, the most familiar setting is in the counselling room. Here we will meet in-person each week and explore your concerns.
I practice out of rooms in Warfield, near Bracknell in Berkshire. The rooms are spacious with good ventilation, and provide a safe and confidential space.
Sessions last for 50 minutes.
Online & Telephone Counselling
More and more clients are accessing counselling from the comfort of their own home. If you have somewhere safe and confidential, then this method may well suit you. I offer counselling via the phone or over video, using Zoom.
This method offers flexibility, as it can take place anywhere in the UK, providing you have access to Wi-Fi or a phone. There is also the obvious advantage of no travelling time.
Sessions last for 50 minutes and are held at an agreed time each week.
Walk & Talk Counselling
What is Walk & talk counselling? This is a relatively new approach to counselling and takes the experience out into the open air. It is classed as an “Eco-therapy”, as we will maximise how we experience the outdoors in all of its glory.
Our sessions take place outside where we literally walk and talk. They are held in safe areas where I have carried out risk assessments.
I feel very fortunate that in this area are a wealth of beautiful walks.
The sessions last for 50 minutes and take place in most weathers.
The Person-Centred Approach
Underpinning all of these types of counselling is the Person-centred approach. Person-centred counselling is a humanistic approach. It was founded by Carl Rogers in the 1950s.
The Person Centred Approach is “non-directive.” This means that I will not give you advice or tell you “what you should do”. I trust in your own ability to determine your own direction and work out your own path. This forms the core of our work together. In each session you will decide what you want to talk about and the pace of our sessions.
As no one else can know how we perceive, we are the best experts on ourselves.”
FOUNDER OF THE PERSON-CENTRED APPROACH
The person-centred approach is about being genuine and accepting, and this is at the very heart of our sessions. I believe that there are very few occasions where we are able to be fully ourselves, be honest and true and experience no judgement for that. This is why I believe that this approach can be so powerful.
In Carl Roger’s book “On Becoming A Person”, he says…
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”
In my experience this is certainly true. Through accepting ourselves just as we are, we can then make changes.