Reflections Counselling Services

Counselling Services Offered

Each year more and more people are seeking the help of a professional therapist. One of the reasons for this may simply be because whilst friends and family can offer a willing and sympathetic ear, there are occasions in our lives when we feel that those who we are closest to, are not the right people to listen to our worries.

Reflections offer confidential support in a caring, non-judgemental way, within a safe environment. It gives the opportunity for an individual to explore any difficulties they are experiencing and offers support whilst they make their own informed choices. The therapeutic relationship is based upon honesty, acceptance, empathy and respect.

Therapy sessions last for between 50 minutes and an hour for adults. Longer appointment times are available for trauma work. Sessions for children are usually between 30-45 minutes, depending upon the age of the child.

What type of approach is best for me?

Our therapists work using a range of therapeutic models and these can be discussed during the initial assessment appointment. Below is a brief overview of the models used.

Person-centred approach

This approach is very client led. It is a more traditional talking therapy whereby the client can use the session time to reflect on their difficulties (whether historical or present) in a non-structured way. This approach believes the client knows best and therefore will find the answers themselves when given the opportunity to explore their difficulties. The counsellors role is more of a supportive, than directive one. This approach is particularly helpful with bereavement or loss.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

This approach is more structured and collaborative. CBT has a strong focus on current difficulties and specific situations that are distressing to the client. It may involve the client undertaking certain tasks in between sessions, such as diary keeping. CBT teaches clients to identify, evaluate and respond to their negative thoughts. This leads to a change in their thinking, mood and behaviour. There is strong evidence from research to suggest that cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is particularly helpful in treating common difficulties such as depression and anxiety.

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)

This approach is often used during trauma work. Sessions usually last between 60 and 90 minutes. During a traumatic event a person may be overwhelmed by what is taking place and their brain may be unable to process the information like a normal memory. This can lead to the memory becoming 'frozen' in time and the person continues to re-experience the trauma, as if it were happening again, which may include re-experiencing images, feelings, tastes, smells and sounds associated with the trauma.

EMDR seems to help clients reprocess the 'frozen' disturbing thoughts and memories. This is through using alternative left to right stimulation, such as eye movements, hand taps or sounds. The processed memories become less distressing and feel more like normal memories. It is thought EMDR helps create the connections between the brain's memory networks in a similar way to those during REM sleep.

Other Counselling Services

Group Therapy

Therapy groups are run by two facilitators to educate and work with various difficulties such as social anxiety and depression. Group participation is encouraged. These groups are normally in-house and group size is restricted to 10.

Psycho-educational Groups

These are information groups run by facilitators to educate groups on various mental health difficulties. They are not therapy groups and participants are not required to disclose anything about themselves. These groups are normally in-house and group size is restricted to 10. Off-site groups can be arranged if required.

Continuing Professional Development Workshops

Details of workshops will be posted online when available. (Please see Workshops).

Supervision

We are able to provide counselling supervision on an individual or group basis. Reduced rates are available for counselling students upon receipt of proof of course currently being undertaken. (Please note we do not currently offer placements to trainee therapists).

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