Individual counselling and psychotherapy know their genesis in the history of psychoanalysis, with its fascination on the unconscious aspects of personality. This ‘less-in-awareness’ part of ourselves often holds the key to understanding problematic experience and, perhaps more importantly, to the unleashing creative potential. This approach is best suited to those wishing to understand their predicament and develop a freer, more creative way of being within themselves, with others and in their love relationships. Counselling approaches have developed to include cognitive behavioural and solution-focused approaches aimed at facilitating the learning of more adaptive ways of coping with particular psychological difficulties.
Our experienced practitioners are well positioned to discuss with you what approach might be best suited to your needs and may also recommend referral to a colleague within our practice if this is likely to prove helpful.
Relationship-focused psychotherapy with a counselling psychologist having an understanding of relational dynamics can go a long way to help you develop a more satisfying relational life. Couple therapy or marriage counselling allows a couple to look at established patterns of relating, supported by the therapist's input. Sometimes, couple therapy allows personal difficulties (such as a tendency towards feeling depressive emotions) to be explored with the support of one's partner. This is a recent development in couple psychotherapy and one that offers promise to individuals that have found a more individual approach too upsetting or unhelpful.
We see couples facing a wide variety of difficulties ranging from sexual difficulties, conflict around finances and extended family, disagreements around parenting, feelings of disconnection and general discontent. We are also able to support couples planning to separate or wishing for divorce to be a less destructive process than they fear.
Family life can be immensely enriching in good times but a source of stress when difficulties emerge. Relationships with siblings, children, parents and in-laws may from time to time need to be recalibrated and established behaviour patterns revised. Professional support facilitates creative thinking and identification of new ways forward.
Parents seeking to address concerns about children's behaviour or their shared approach to parenting often benefit from consultation with professionals having a solid understanding of child development and relational dynamics. Sometimes children and young people need personal support. We will assess and advise as to whether the best treatment involves counselling for the young person or a family focused intervention.
Our team will help you address your familial concerns in a sensitive manner that respects your beliefs and cultural background.
Counselling Psychology is an open-minded and creative approach to psychological support drawing on various therapeutic traditions. The broad training practitioners undergo in this qualification allows for a bespoke approach that places the person at the centre of the process. The online access we offer is both convenient and effective. Our team is trained to work online, and able to support you to organise things in a manner that maximises the benefits and minimises the limitations of this mode of therapeutic delivery.
Counselling psychology developed as a branch of professional psychological practice strongly influenced by human science research as well as the principal psychotherapeutic traditions. Drawing upon and seeking to develop phenomenological models of practice it marries the scientific demand for rigorous empirical enquiry, with a firm value base grounded in the primacy of the counselling or psychotherapeutic relationship.
These models seek to:
(i) engage with subjectivity and intersubjectivity, values and beliefs;
(ii) know empathically and to respect first person accounts as valid in their own terms;
(iii) elucidate, interpret and negotiate between perceptions and world views but not to assume the automatic superiority of any one way of experiencing, feeling, valuing and knowing;
(iv) be practice led, with a research base grounded in professional practice values as well as professional artistry;
(v) recognise social contexts and discrimination and to work always in ways that empower rather than control and also demonstrate the high standards of anti-discriminatory practice appropriate to the pluralistic nature of society today.
(source: Professional Practice Guidelines - British Psychological Society)
The first meeting with the practitioner of your choice will offer an opportunity to explore how best to address your needs. If the individual, couple or family-focused therapy we offer via webcam are not the ideal choice for you we will help you identify and access other help. Online psychological support may not be ideal for you. We will always advise you as how best to seek further support if this is the case. Occasionally we might recommend referral to a member of our team at CPO better suited to support you.