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Therapeutic Approaches

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) focuses on difficulties in relating to others and helping the person to identify how they are feeling and behaving in their relationships. Its central idea is that psychological symptoms, such as depressed mood, can be understood as a response to current difficulties in relationships and affect the quality of those relationships. Thus, when a person is able to interact more effectively, their psychological symptoms often improve. Typically, IPT focuses on conflict with another person, life changes that affect how you feel about yourself and others, grief and loss, difficulty in starting or keeping relationships going.

Psychodynamic Approach

The way we relate to ourselves and other people are influenced by events in our early childhood. The psychodynamic approach to counselling aims to help clarify the way that we relate to others and the unconscious expectations that underpin our relational patterns. This will often include a consideration of the way a client experiences the counselling relationship itself. Psychodynamic counselling also considers other manifestations of unconscious mental life, such as dreams or daydreams.

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

This approach to therapy recognises that what we actually do and how we think about the events in our lives have a major influence on our day to day feelings. CBT is an evidence based therapy and has been proven to be helpful in the treatment of depression and anxiety as well as other disorders.

Humanistic Therapy

Humanistic therapy is based on the recognition that in order for change to occur an individual has to feel known and accepted, which means that the counsellor has to offer congruence, empathy and unconditional positive regard. This form of therapy focuses specifically on how the therapist relates to the client within the session. Through emphasisng your uniqueness, Counselling seeks to empower through self-actualisation, working in the 'here and now'.