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Types of Counselling

Christine trained with the Westminster Pastoral Foundation (WPF) as a Psychodynamic Counsellor, and qualified with a diploma in 2000.

At her core is Christine’s 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 and Christine aims to help people have a better understanding of the links between their symptoms and what is happening in their inner and outer lives.

The intended outcomes of counselling are an increased capacity to cope with interpersonal relationships, a greater understanding of self and others, and a greater capacity for self-reflection.

When appropriate Christine uses techniques derived from CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to help her clients.  By identifying unhelpful thinking patterns it is possible to help with common psychological difficulties.

CBT offers effective techniques to enable you to begin to recognise the blind-spots in your day to day thoughts that bring about emotional upsets.

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