Types of Counselling Available
Is a group of counselling modes that gives the counsellor knowledge of theories and techniques, that help the client to feel calmer and more able to manage their life difficulties. We all need a little help sometimes and counselling can help to alleviate stress, lift depression and or give techniques to help with symptoms. Integrative Therapists take the view that there is no single approach that can treat each client, in all situations. Each person needs to be considered as a whole and counselling techniques must be tailored to their individual needs and personal circumstances. This means your therapy will be tailored to what you need, and more importantly you will have autonomy in your counselling.
Art/play therapy Is a wonderful way to engage the creative side of the brain. Dina Glouberman says "being creative with imagery can speed up learning, enhance healing and even increase our ability to solve problems. Its is a safe and unique way of empowering yourself. Its our first language" says Glouberman and she thinks everyone can do it ('Life Choices, Life Changes').
British play therapy is currently defined as: "Play therapy is the process between child/adult and Play Therapist in which the person explores at his or her own agenda those issues, past and current, conscious and unconscious, that are affecting the child/persons life in the present. The child's inner resources are enabled by the Therapeutic Alliance to bring about growth and change. Play Therapy is client centred, in which play is the primary medium and speech is the secondary medium."
The right side of the brain presents possibilities the left forms strategies. Art and play therapy allows us to engage both sides of the brain and the client to form their own solutions . Its gentle and soothes the soul and ideal when finding words is difficult for all ages.
Mindfulness being aware of how we are feeling in the present moment, can help us enjoy life more and give us better mental health and sense of well being. Meditation and mindfulness is more often being offered as a way to better cope with modern life, it has been shown to reduce stress improve concentration and has health benefits as it also reduces cortisol. Cortisol is a by-product of prolonged stress and is produced by our hormones. Elevated cortisol levels also increase risk for depression, mental illness, and lower life expectancy. This week, two separate studies were published in Science linking elevated cortisol levels as a potential trigger for mental illness and decreased resilience—especially in adolescence. Christine has been teaching mindfulness for over 13 years and believes it is an important part of maintaining good mental health as either a preventative, or as a way of maintaining good health after therapy.