Counselling Psychology is a profession of applied psychology. Counselling Psychologists work with clients to examine mental health issues and explore underlying problems that may have caused them, with the aim of reducing psychological distress and enhancing psychological wellbeing.
As a Counselling Psychologist I have been trained to use several different theoretical models in my practice. These include person-centred, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural approaches. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is currently recommended by the Department of Health and NICE as the ‘psychological therapy of choice’ for difficulties including anxiety and depression.
During an initial consultation I recommend an appropriate therapeutic approach, based both on my clinical experience and knowledge of research evidence. However, collaboration is central to my way of working and I am keen to respect my clients’ preferred way of addressing their difficulties.
Research has shown that the relationship between a client and therapist is central in facilitating change. With this in mind, I endeavour to provide a safe, non-judgemental and empathic environment in which my clients can explore their difficulties.