Support, Counselling & Psychotherapy
Support is a more meaningful and accurate way of describing the use of psychotherapy in the pursuit of overcoming mental and emotional distress.
One of the principle problems with using the term ‘therapy’ is that it carries with it the implicit suggestion that there is something ‘wrong’ that needs to be ‘fixed’.
We consider this idea that there is something ‘wrong’ with difficult emotions to be just another facet of the bio-medical view that emotional distress is some sort of malfunction or brain disease that can only be managed through the use of pharmaceutical drugs.
Therefore, wherever we use the phrase ‘therapy’ is describing the different types of support we offer, please bear in mind that our position does NOT include the perspective that you have a ‘fault’ that needs ‘fixing’, only that you need support to understand and change the way you currently feel.
The Different Types of Support We Offer
All of the different support processes we offer are based on clinically proven scientific evidence established over many years.
They are rendered even more effective by the adoption of the psychosocial perspective that people are affected by the social, cultural and economic contexts in which they live their lives and that this should not be discounted when trying to make sense of the current feelings of distress.
Psychosocial counselling is a form of support that takes into consideration all the apsects of a person’s life when trying to make sense of feelings of distress at the current time.
This includes aspects such as the social, economic and cultural contexts as well as what has happened to a person during their life and what they did to learn how to cope with adversities.
You can find out more about recovery through psychosocial counselling here.
The CORE Programme
Building upon clinically proven CBT principles, the CORE Programme is a scientific approach to changing the way you experience your life through an understanding of how human beings develop meanings and interpretations from different experiences and then create a library of meanings that can be used to make sense of similar experiences in the future.
It addresses CORE beliefs and CORE values and explains how we use these to interpret our own, subjective reality – sometimes in unhelpful ways!
The course also demonstrates how to change unhelpful thinking processes through Cognitive Reconstruction (CO-RE) in order to eliminate distressing emotions.
Find out more about the CORE Programme here.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – CBT
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT, is the most clinically researched form of psychotherapy and is used widely throughout the mental health professions.
The principle philosophy of CBT is that the way we think about things (our thoughts) determines the way that we feel about things (emotional outcomes), so if we want to change how we feel then we need to change the way that we think.
CBT is most effective when it is delivered with an appreciation of how core beliefs and values set the rationale for how people then ‘think’ or interpret experiences rather than simply focusing on thoughts alone.
Find out more about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy here.
Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy – CBH
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