Synopsis of Approach

Synopsis of Counselling Approach

The following is a brief synopsis of the therapies I practice.

PERSON CENTRED therapy evolved in the fifties by a man called Carl Rogers.  He believed every individual has their own answers for change and growth.  He saw the therapist and the client as equal partners, rather than the ‘expert’ treating the ‘patient’.

Person Centered Counselling is about offering a non-judgmental relationship between my self and you in which you can explore what you are looking for and how to achieve that.

TRANSACTIONAL ANALYSIS (T.A.) also evolved in the fifties, by a man called
Erik Berne. Transactional Analysis counselling/psychotherapy is:
• a theory of personality (how we grow into the people we are)
• a model of communication (looking at ways in which we communicate)
• a study of repetitive patterns of behaviour (looking at why we behave the way we do)

Transactional Analysis is underpinned by the philosophy that:
• people can change
• we all have a right to be in the world and be accepted

GESTALT THERAPY was developed by Fritz Perls, Laura Perls and Paul Goodman in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Gestalt is the German word for ‘form’, ‘shape’ or ‘figure’. However, in English usage the word has come to mean ‘as a whole’ or ‘holistic’.

Gestalt therapy is a form of counselling/psychotherapy that focuses upon:
• the individual’s experience in the present moment (what you may be thinking/feeling right now)
• the therapist-client relationship (how we relate to each other)
• the environmental and social contexts of a person’s life, (looking as a whole at you and the environment in which you live)

VOICE DIALOGUE was developed by American psychologists Hal and Sidra Stone. Hal Stone was trained as a Jungian analyst. Sidra Stone was trained as a behavioral therapist.

In this psychological theory, the idea is that a person is made up of not one, but a large number of selves, also called sub-personalities or parts. These selves have their own way of behaving, their own history and act on our behalf in their own way. Most  people recognize these constant inner dialogues within themselves and quite often, these selves can cause inner tension, split feelings and doubt.

Voice Dialogue is a powerful and non-judgmental method for guiding people towards a better understanding of their inner urges and motives.