I am trained in Humanistic Counselling which included the person centred therapy, Gestalt therapy and Transactional Analysis therapy. All three therapeutic approaches have their place in explaining human nature - the process of our behaviours and how we interact in the world.
Counselling is essentially a reflective space in which you can explore your thoughts and feelings in complete confidence with the intention of relieving emotional distress related to present events. Although humanistic counselling is based in the present moment you will be able to make links between past events and current distress. Counselling is not about giving advice or telling you what to do, but more facilitating your own understanding and awareness about what happens to you and with this insight you can begin to heal and resolve the emotional issues in your life that may be causing you considerable distress. Typically Counselling is proved to be effective for depression, bereavement and loss, abuse, stress, workplace issues, adoption and attachment issues, self esteem and relationship issues.
Person Centred Therapy
Person Centred Therapy was developed in the 1950's by Carl Rogers and is very much based upon the idea that given the right conditions in which a person experiences acceptance, warmth and honesty and individual can reach their own true potential. Humanistic therapy aims to provide these conditions suitable for personal growth, achievement and fulfilment.
Gestalt Therapy was developed by Fritz Perls and is based on the idea that life is made up of a series of 'gestalts' or 'wholes' and it is when we experience unfinished business or an incomplete experience in our life that distress becomes a feature of our existence. Gestalt therapy aims to complete those experiences or cycles that are unfinished which cause distress and stuckness and this will allow us to move on naturally in life. Gestalt therapy is particularly useful when we have experienced sudden losses or situations where, for whatever reason, the outcome is incomplete.
Transactional Analysis was developed in the 1950's by Eric Berne and is concerned with how we interrelate with others and the world around us. Transactional Analysis facilitates awareness into our own personal interactions with people in our own lives and through this awareness we can begin to live a more adult life with less drama and catastrophic events. It is very useful approach for those that are experiencing relationship or work related issues as it is considered to be a more 'cognitive' based therapy - more practical with less emphasis on emotions.