Counselling Therapy

What is counselling therapy and what can I expect?

Counselling therapy is the process of working with a psychologist to explore difficult experiences, behaviours, beliefs, feelings, relationships and somatic responses (sensations in the body) you may be encountering and discovering ways of moving toward living a rich, full and meaningful life of your choice.

To help you value the therapy experience your psychologist will focus on developing a trusting relationship with you, establishing clear goals for therapy and determining the steps required to get there as well as checking how you are progressing and adjusting the therapeutic process to best help you achieve your goals. 

Whether in individual, group, or family therapy, your relationship with your therapist is confidential and focuses not only on the content of what you talk about (the reasons you are attending counselling) but also on the therapeutic process (the way you talk about your experiences, what is important to you, what your finding difficult and your emotions and thoughts).

As you evaluate your therapy journey you should experience your therapist as someone who listens carefully, validates your experiences and collaborates with you to develop measurable actions that you can work on between therapy appointments. 

Therapy goal and processes

Most people consider accessing therapy with the goal to reduce pain, discomfort and unwanted symptoms they are experiencing. This is completely understandable as we all have a biological protective bias away from danger, or perceived danger, and towards safety and away from pain and towards comfort.

Although your goal may be to try and eliminate pain and discomfort from your life my goal as a therapist is to help you notice that efforts to get rid of difficult, unfamiliar or unexpected thoughts, feelings, urges, sensations or circumstances in your life don't work in the long run and often result in increased struggle and pain and reduced capacity to give our full attention to the important things in our lives.

 

To help achieve this goal I utilise the latest behavioural therapies including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT is a specific type of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) designed to help people accept difficult and painful experiences as an appropriate response to life situations and discover that those experiences don't have to prevent our ability to move forward in life and do the things that are important to us. ACT utilises mindfulness practices and values to help us gain perspective in each experience we have and take action that helps us move towards what is important to us and what we want to achieve. The goal of ACT is to increase psychological flexibility resulting in maximising human potential for a rich, full and meaningful life.

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