Counselling in Bideford
Counselling is a way of enabling choice or change, or of reducing confusion. It does not involve giving advice or directing a client to take a particular course of action. Counsellors do not judge or exploit their clients in any way. Intergrated Counselling incorporates three main counselling approaches.
This approach underpins all of my work. I create a comfortable, non-judgemental environment by demonstrating warmth and genuine interest, empathy and unconditional positive regard towards my clients. It is non-directive, which means that I provide a safe space for clients to talk about their problems, and help them to find their own solutions.
This approach looks at the importance of the unconscious and past experience in shaping current behaviour. The client is encouraged to talk about childhood relationships and to look for repeating patterns in their lives.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Clients are taught ways to change thoughts and expectations, and relaxation techniques are used. It has been effective for stress-related ailments, phobias, obsessions, eating disorders and depression.