Types of Counselling

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My first experience of therapy was when I was in my twenties but I found that after only a few sessions it just made me even more confused than before. I am sure the counsellor was good enough but I realised that I was just not ready to enter into a therapeutic relationship at that time. I believe we are all a work in progress and that there are certain times in our lives when we are ripe for development. The saying ‘when the pupil is ready, the teacher will appear’ springs to mind and of course the ‘teacher’ may be a life event, person or other potential source for growth and learning.

For anyone seeking the help of a counsellor it can be a really daunting prospect especially so if you haven’t any prior experience of being a counselling client. There are just so many approaches to choose from when searching for the one that most suits your current needs. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Transactional Analysis (TA), Psychosynthesis,

Psychoanalytical, Psychodynamic and Person-Centred to name but a few. To the uninitiated it can all be rather overwhelming and there are even more approaches that I don’t have room to mention here. I am unable to give you a full description of each one but if you would like information about the different types of therapy then go to www.counselling-directory.org.uk/ or www.bacp.co.uk or of course, dear old Google!

Qualifications in counselling are a notable indication that the therapist has reached a certain level of knowledge and experience. However, it is in no way a guarantee that you will feel safe, heard, understood and not judged. If any one of these fundamental elements of good practice is absent from your therapist then I would recommend moving on to continue your search.

Whilst counsellors and psychotherapists are under no legal obligation to become a member of a professional body, membership will mean a member has met certain requirements set by their professional body and must abide by a code of ethics and complaints procedure.