We use an integrated, Person-Centred approach incorporating many contemporary models of counselling into our practice, including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Strength-Based Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. We work with most general client issues, however we have a particular focus on working with more complex presentations such as trauma, grief and loss, addiction, personality disorders and emotional dysregulation. Graeme uses a range of specific approaches including Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Emotive Rational Behavioural Therapy, Trauma-Informed Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Positive Psychology and Mindfulness-Based Therapies which are focused on treating more complex behavioural and emotional issues.
Addiction (Drug and Alcohol) Counselling involve a number of different counselling approaches that can be used to help with motivation and determination to change your drinking and/or drug taking. Counselling and therapy for addiction help individuals understand what causes addiction, learn to recognise risk factors for relapse and develop tools for coping with stressful situations. Common techniques include cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and dialectical behavioral therapy Goal Setting and Relapse prevention.
Trauma Counselling helps people process the traumatic events that they have experienced so they can develop ways to cope with resulting emotions to manage any distress they may experience, so that they don’t become overwhelmed by their feelings. Therapeutic approaches such as Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Cognitive-behavioural interventions for the treatment of PTSD include exposure, cognitive restructuring, anxiety management, relaxation techniques and a combination of these interventions.
Grief Counselling is a form of psychotherapy that aims to help people cope with their grief and mourning following the death of loved ones, or with major life changes that trigger feelings of grief (e.g., divorce). The goals of grief counselling are to aid the individual through uncomplicated, normal grief to a healthy resolution of the tasks of grieving within a reasonable amount of time and to move toward acceptance through guiding the individual to talk about the loss, who the person was to them, and the circumstances surrounding the death.
What is depression? While we all feel sad, moody or low from time to time, some people experience these feelings intensely, for long periods of time (weeks, months or even years) and sometimes without any apparent reason. Depression is more than just a low mood – it's a serious condition that affects your physical and mental health. While we don’t know exactly what causes depression, a number of things are often linked to its development. Depression usually results from a combination of recent events and other longer-term or personal factors, rather than one immediate issue or event.
Anxiety is your body's natural response to stress. It's a feeling of fear or apprehension about what's to come. The first day of school, going to a job interview, or giving a speech may cause most people to feel fearful and nervous. Behaviour Therapy is a major component of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) but unlike CBT it doesn’t attempt to change beliefs and attitudes. Instead it focuses on encouraging activities that are rewarding, pleasant or give a sense of satisfaction, in an effort to reverse the patterns of avoidance and worry that make anxiety worse.
Emotional dysregulation (ED), also called ‘emotional hyperactivity’, means that you are more emotionally responsive than an average person. Your emotions will be triggered more quickly, and will tend to be on a bigger scale. You also have more difficulty controlling your emotions than others do. Your might often feel taken over and lost in your emotional states. Some common symptoms are trying to control someone else’s relationships; hanging onto unresolved anger; tendency to self-harm through cutting or self-abusive disorders such as substance abuse or an eating disorder.
Anger is a completely normal, usually healthy, human emotion. But when it gets out of control and turns destructive, it can lead to problems at work, in your personal relationships, and in the overall quality of your life. And it can make you feel as though you're at the mercy of an unpredictable and powerful emotion. The goal of anger management is to reduce both your emotional feelings and the physiological arousal that anger causes. You can't get rid of, or avoid, the things or the people that enrage you, nor can you change them, but you can learn to control your reactions.
Conflict resolution counselling teaches people conflict resolution skills and is designed primarily to help couples but can be used to address conflict in any situation, whether it arises in a family, between friends or romantic partners, at the workplace, or in any other situation. Underlying this therapy model is the idea that conflict can cause negative emotions to form out of an individual's natural response system. When conflict is not resolved, negative emotional states may linger and develop into situations that can have serious, lasting consequences.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is a treatment designed to effectively build self-esteem. Self-esteem is your opinion of yourself. People with healthy self-esteem like themselves and value their achievements. Self-esteem encompasses beliefs about oneself (for example, "I am unloved", "I am worthy") as well as emotional states, such as triumph, despair, pride, and shame. While everyone lacks confidence occasionally, people with low self-esteem feel unhappy or unsatisfied with themselves most of the time. Your self-worth can be remedied but it takes attention and daily practice to boost self-esteem.
Inner Reflections Counselling
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