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Counselling Services

Humanistic therapy

Focuses on self-development and emphasis is placed on you realising your highest potential. By contemplating on the person as a whole, individuals are motivated to reflect on their feelings and supported in taking responsibility for their thoughts and actions. Humanistic approaches I am trained in include Person-Centred Therapy and Transactional Analysis.

Person-Centred Therapy

Person-Centred Therapy is my core theoretical philosophy, proposing everyone has the desire and capacity for personal growth and change (self-actualisation), given the right conditions. Through empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard you are supported to attend to any negative feelings, to make changes through new choices and perspectives and develop in your own way – as you are the expert of your experiences, not the counsellor.

Transactional Analysis (TA)

Transactional analysis is a wide-ranging psychotherapy approach combining aspects of humanistic, cognitive-behavioural and psychodynamic therapy. Human personality is assembled into Parent, Adult and Child ego states and the therapeutic process explores how you relate to self and “transact” with others, bringing new understanding into consciousness. Repeated problematic patterns of behaviour (Rackets) are explored through current beliefs and the way you interpret the world around you (Script), helping you to make positive changes and new decisions from an OK-OK stance.

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is a powerful therapy, helping people recover from problems triggered by traumatic life experiences. EMDR alleviates traumatic memories by helping the brain reprocess previously unresolved memories, flashbacks or images; making them less distressing whilst in a safe environment. EMDR is recognised by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and World Health Organisation (WHO) as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and empirically validated for treating a range of other mental health conditions including depression and anxiety.

Counselling for Depression (CfD)

CfD is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and available within Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services as a depression- specific model to support the treatment of depression.

Couple Therapy for Depression (CTfD)

CTfD is one of the high-intensity therapies offered with NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services. It is a behavioural-based, up to 20-session couple therapy designed to improve communication, change distressing behaviours, reduce conflicts and change unhelpful assumptions and perceptions. The model follows National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines and competencies that have been identified for the treatment of depression in couples where there is also relationship distress.

Emotionally focused therapy

Emotionally focused therapy can help you understand your own and others' emotions by attending to insecurities and conflicts whilst gaining new knowledge of how to interact in a more receptive and emotionally-connected way. Emotionally focused therapy can help you cope with the ordinary and not-so-ordinary stresses that arise in the course of everyday relating, create or reinforce secure, robust relationships and is an approach used in both individual and couple therapy.

Short or Long-Term Therapy as well as E.A.P provision

I offer I offer both short and long-term therapy as well as E.A.P (Employee Assistance Programmes) provision; working with Adults, Older Adults, Couples and Organisations in the heart of Hull City Centre and its surroundings. I additionally work within the local NHS service 4 days per week, supporting clients from every walk of life experiencing various life impacts: Trauma (including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), Abuse, Depression, Anxiety, Low Self-Esteem/Worth, Self-Harm, Pain Management (e.g. Fibromyalgia), Bereavement/Loss, Relationship Breakdown/Affairs, Phobias and Work Related Stress to name but a few.