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I feel that it is important to consider that each person is different and so are their specific needs. Drawing from an Integrative approach I aim to provide what might be most helpful to each individual. This approach incorporates ideas from both the person-centred orientation and the psychodynamic one.
The person-centred approach requires the counsellor to be.. "...sufficiently accepting and permissive to allow the client to freely express emotions and feelings. This will enable the client to come to terms with negative feelings, which may have caused emotional problems, and develop inner resources. The objective is for the client to become able to perceive (themself) as a person, with the power and freedom to change".
Psychodynamic orientation "..stresses the importance of the unconscious and past experience in determining current behaviour. The client is encouraged to talk about childhood relationships with parents and other significant people and the therapist focuses on the client/therapist relationship."
(Definitions taken from BACP - Explanation of Theoretical Approaches)
Initially, therapy might feel uncomfortable but in a supportive, confidential setting any concerns, fears and perceived challenges can be addressed and explored before issues such as stress, trauma, depression or bereavement or whatever your presenting issues are, can be talked through, providing the opportunity to achieve resolution.
Counselling can help you to gain personal insight and understanding which, may ultimately increase self-worth and confidence.