Counselling and Psychotherapy off an opportunity to talk about issues, experiences and feelings, whether past or present, which may be causing distress. The aim is to help you find ways of understanding yourself, making choices and finding your own unique ways of resolving your difficulties, so that you can feel more in tune with yourself and your life. The therapists at Chester Counselling and Psychotherapy work from a variety of perspectives: their approaches include integrative, transactional analysis, psychoanalytical, humanistic, person-centred, gestalt, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural therapy. A brief note on these therapies is set out below.
Integrative therapy is a rich and carefully considered interweaving of different therapeutic approaches, which will vary from one therapist to another. The therapist will work with you as an individual in whatever he/she feels will best resonate with you and the material you bring. The therapist offers you skilful witnessing as well as sensitivity, intuition and sound theoretical knowledge of arrange of disciplines.
Transactional Analysis is a theory of personality and interpersonal communication used to facilitate change and growth. The philosophy of Transactional Analysis is rooted in the belief that everyone is ok, we can all think, and we have the ability to decide what is right for us.
Transactional Analysis provides us with effective models to help us understand our interactions with others and our patterns of relating and how our past experiences are influencing us in the present.
Person centred therapy sees people as experts on themselves and offers support through acceptance, empathy and openness rather than through interpretations. The therapist offers a relationship of safety and trust through which people can explore their issues and feelings in order to arrive at self- acceptance and openness to their potential.
Psychodynamic therapy looks at childhood experiences and interprets how they might affect present relationships and choices. As part of this you will explore how you relate to your therapist as this is seen as a reflection of your significant early relationships. As you start to distinguish between past and present you move towards gaining mastery of staying in the here and now and understanding yourself.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy explores how our thoughts beliefs and ideas affect the way we feel and act. Many emotional difficulties arise through beliefs and assumptions which are often based on past experiences. These beliefs may have been helpful at the time but are less relevant now. CBT aims to shift thoughts and behaviours in order to find more helpful ways of being in the world.