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Types of Counselling

What is Psychodynamic Counselling ?

At its core is a belief in the importance of the therapeutic relationship which is based on acceptance, empathy and understanding.  Also central to this model is an understanding of the unconscious processes  which underlie psychological difficulties. One of the main ideas in psychodynamic therapies is that we tend to bury painful experiences (“out of sight out of mind”). But difficulties from the past can affect the way we feel and behave in the present.

The trust built up between Christine and her clients within the strict boundaries of the therapeutic setting is used to help the individual to resolve their own conflicts.  Christine does not give advice, but firmly believes that every person has the ability to find their own answers.

One client once described the process as being “like looking in a mirror and understanding myself for the first time”.

Psychodynamic counselling takes account of the individual’s real world/social context.

What is Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) ?

DIT (dynamic interpersonal therapy) is a brief 16 week psychodynamic therapy targeted particularly at relieving symptoms of depression and anxiety. This therapy aims to help people have a better understanding of the links between their depression and what is happening in their relationships.

The intended outcomes of DIT are symptom relief, an increased capacity to cope with interpersonal relationships, a greater understanding of self and other, a greater capacity for self-reflection and more freedom of choice.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for depression state that brief psychodynamic therapy is one option that can be considered for depressed patients.    DIT is a high intensity (step 3) IAPT intervention.   Having successfully undertaken a BPC accredited training in DIT Christine is working towards her individual accreditation in this IAPT approved method.

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) ?

Christine uses techniques derived from CBT to help her clients.  By identifying unhelpful thinking patterns it is possible to help with common psychological disorders.

CBT offers effective techniques to enable the individual to begin to recognise the blind-spots in their day to day thoughts that bring about emotional upsets.  Because the central psychological problem is concerned with their conscious thought processes or cognitions, this type of counselling is often call Cognitive Therapy.

When thinking processes are adapted to be more helpful, behavioural change is often achieved, and the individual finds themselves with healthier emotional functioning i.e. they feel happier!