The aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness – helping individuals to unravel experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them.
Through negative memories people often develop defences, such as denial and projections. According to psychodynamic therapy, these defences will often do more harm than good.
Ultimately, it is up to the therapist to help unpick the defences and explore any unwanted behaviour. Clients can learn new patterns of behaviour and ways of thinking that promote personal development and growth, helping them to overcome any limitations caused by unconscious feelings.
Person-centred therapy – also known as client-centred counselling is a humanistic approach that deals with the ways in which individuals perceive themselves consciously rather than how a counsellor can interpret their unconscious thoughts or ideas.
The counsellor or psychotherapist in this approach works to understand an individual’s experience from their point of view – Helping them to reconnect with their inner values and sense of self-worth. This reconnection with their inner resources enables them to find their own way to move forward.
Particularly helpful working short term, using a Cognitive Behavioural Toolkit. These can often be explored with each client and they may vary, depending on the client’s needs and presenting issue. Writing, drawing or practicing some breathing techniques, for example can be beneficial.
Like many counsellors, I integrate the above modalities to suit each client. There is no one size that fits all.
I facilitate small groups of clients in ‘Living Life to the Full’, Dr Chris Williams, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy course: http://www.llttf.com/.
This can be beneficial to help individuals to improve their wellbeing. This is a simple but effective tool where groups come together weekly for just over one hour to sit quietly if they prefer or speak out and engage with others. This can help individuals become more independent whilst creating a self help strategy.
I also offer a number of workshops including:
- Motivational Change
- Stress Management
- Dealing With Difficult Behaviour
- Key Strengths
- Assertiveness and Confidence
When running a workshop, participants have said:
‘You run a great workshop and manage to keep everyone’s attention all the time – Not easy to do.’ RAF Officer at Career Transition Partnership
‘Very, interesting, invigorating and thought provoking.’ Researcher at St Andrews University
‘You share great insight into the minds and behaviour of individuals using theory and stories – it really helps us to understand’. Fife College HNC students
‘Sylvia, I admire your energy and passion. Thank You’ . RNIB staff member
Walk and Talk
Take your counselling outside, with “Walk and Talk”.
As an ex fitness instructor, I truly believe in ‘fit body, fit mind’. There are lots of advantages of being outside – we are on common ground and you can literally set the pace. We can meet in the therapy room and later agree to introduce walking and talking.
Walking is known to be calming as well as a stimulus to new thoughts and ideas. Research also shows that walking is not only good for your physical health, but it is also good for your mental health. To find out more about the benefits of walking, click here.
Why not come along for an introductory session for 30 minutes to find out if I can assist you.
30 mins: £20
50 mins: £40
Counselling: Most clients will aim to meet once every week to get into a rhythm of a working relationship. However we can work together to be flexible whatever your needs are.
Coaching: This can be a one of meeting and a follow up to discuss development.
Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss any of the services I offer, or have anything else you think I can help with. You can call me on 07977 531 901 or complete the form below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.