Counselling is recognised as a very effective way of dealing with personal problems. These could include family or marital crises, sexual or relationship difficulties, or stress at home or at work.
Personal counselling gives you a chance to explore your issues confidentially, starting from where you are in your life. A skilled counsellor can help clarify the paths you are choosing, the conflicts that are holding you back and the strengths you can develop and build on to make things better.
What is the Person Centered Approach to Counselling?
Created in the 1950s by American psychologist, Carl Rogers, the person-centred approach ultimately sees human beings as having an innate tendency to develop towards their full potential. However, this ability can become blocked or distorted by our life experiences - particularly those that affect our sense of value. Person-centred Therapy embodies three core values: those of empathy, unconditional regard, and congruence.
Just as the phrase “person centred” suggests, a person-centred approach is about ensuring someone with a disability is at the centre of decisions which relate to their life. A person-centred process involves listening, thinking together, coaching, sharing ideas, and seeking feedback.
A central aim of the psychodynamic counselling approach is to help the client to become more aware and to bring unconscious feelings into consciousness. The counsellor's role is to help clients to gain understanding and
insights into aspects of the self previously unknown. Psychodynamics, also known as dynamic psychology,
in its broadest sense, is an approach to psychology that emphasizes systematic study of the psychological
forces that underlie human behaviour, feelings, and emotions and how they might relate to early experience.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a form of depth psychology, the primary focus of which is to reveal the
unconscious content of a client's psyche in an effort to alleviate psychic tension. In this way, it is similar
to psychoanalysis. Psychodynamic therapy is one of three main types of therapy used to treat depression.