Ensuring that your counsellor is using a therapeutic approach that suits your specific needs is key to finding a counselling service that suits you.
Here at Still Waters Counselling, Steve Thomas MIAHIP offers a range of professional therapeutic approaches designed to help different clients struggling with a range of various issues.
As a fully accredited member of IAHIP and ICP (The Irish Council for Psychotherapy), Steve uses proven methods to help you on your journey of growth, self-discovery, and mental strength. Below explains some of the therapeutic approaches available at Still Waters Counselling.
CBT (COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY)
CBT is a popular form of therapy used to treat anxiety, depression, and other mental issues. CBT is based on the thought that thoughts, feelings, and connections work in connection to one another and can create a negative loop if not questioned or changed. Using a mixture of tackling unhelpful thinking alongside changing behaviours and thought patterns, CBT aims to change the overall outlook of the client for a more positive, solution-focused mindset.
Psychodynamic therapy is a method of therapy focused on the client’s psyche and unconscious brain. Psychodynamic therapy focuses on using the relationship between therapist and client as a window into the client’s struggles and offers an in-depth look at the inner workings of the brain to identify and treat issues. This form of therapy is usually used for loneliness, relationship issues, lack of motivation, general low mood, and more.
Gestalt Therapy focuses on the present life of the client and is a holistic, humanistic, and person-centred approach. Rather than delving into past issues and struggles, Gestalt Therapy focuses on using the client’s present day experience to form meaningful relationships with the self and others and learn how to cope in a positive, healthy, and empowering manner. Gestalt Therapy is often used to treat clients suffering from anxiety, depression, and low mood without obvious trauma.
As the name suggests, trauma therapy is focused on helping clients deal with a particular trauma and overcome this while focusing on the future. Trauma therapy can take on many different forms to suit the client, but usually includes discussing the traumatic event and how it is impacting the present-day. Clients are brought through this therapy in a gentle and calm manner to learn how to process the trauma and begin living life in a fulfilling, enjoyable, and positive manner.
THERAPEUTIC APPROACHES FAQ
WHAT IS THE BEST TYPE OF THERAPY FOR ANXIETY?
This all depends on the client. For some people, CBT works well for anxiety while others require Gestalt Therapy or even trauma therapy depending on the situation. Here at Still Waters Counselling, we offer client-focused counselling services to suit your individual requirements to ensure we use an approach that works for you.
CAN YOU MIX THERAPEUTIC APPROACHES?
Yes. Some clients find that a blend of two or more therapeutic practices works the best for tackling certain issues, which we can do.
DO I HAVE TO CHOOSE THE BEST THERAPEUTIC PRACTISE TO SUIT ME OR CAN YOU DO THIS?
Before attending your first session, you and your therapist will have a discussion about the issues you’re facing and the type of outcome you expect from counselling. From there, we can create a therapeutic approach and timeline that suits your individual needs and requirements, using a therapeutic practise that suits you.