Our counselling service is free of charge. we have Counsellors trained to give the highest level of service to all clients and all backgrounds.
If you think Counselling could help you please do get in touch via our email or give us a call.
In Counselling, (which is sometimes referred to as talking therapy or psychotherapy) counsellors work collaboratively with people of all backgrounds to foster emotional/mental growth and healing.
People often come to therapy because they are struggling with complex emotions, problems with relationships or life challenges such as bereavement or work stress and when getting through the day might be difficult. Mental Health related difficulties resulting from these issues and situations can take a variety of forms e.g depression, worry, panic or suicidal thoughts or other self-harm.
Some people might just feel things aren't as they would like and want help in seeking ways to live happier, more productive, and generally healthier lives.
Depending on peoples' unique experiences, situations and backgrounds, therapy can take on a variety of forms. Therapy can involve everything from learning skills to coping with a current stressful situation, to processing past experiences and social influences on one's life. From the very start, and throughout the therapy process, therapists work to provide a supportive environment that allows people to talk and feel openly and freely in a confidential space.
This involves continuously working to recognise and consider the impact of sociocultural issues, such as poverty, discrimination in all its many forms and stigma associated with homophobia, sexism, xenophobia, racism transphobia and more.
Counsellor and client also work collaboratively to help the client apply lessons, insight, what they've learned in-session to their everyday life outside.
Most Counsellors at Contact use and combine approaches from three different methods. This is often called an integrative style of counselling. However, each counsellor may favour one of the approaches or use one approach with a particular client. What is common to them all is that they focus on the needs and situations of each individual client(s).
The person-centred approach believes that everyone has the ability for psychological growth. if external circumstances are not too severe. it thinks people lose touch with this self-actualising tendency and often take on board the evaluations of others which can be constricting, negative and a barrier to a happier life.
This approach doesn't tell clients what they must do but through building understanding based on empathy, being real and having positive regard, clients learn to accept who they are and reconnect with their true selves.
The psychodynamic approach focuses on an individual's thoughts and beliefs many of which stem from childhood experiences or basic human drives and can affect their current behaviours and thoughts. We are often driven to repeat patterns of behaviour some of which are harmful.
Therapy includes thought association, talking about resistance to change and relationship patterns, it can include dream analysis and be longer term. The aim is to make the patterns conscious in order for the client to gain insight.
CBT focuses on how an individual's thoughts and perceptions affect the way they feel (emotions) and behave. We are reactive beings who respond to a variety of external pressures and our behaviours are a result of learning and conditioning.
Because our behaviours are viewed as having being learned, they can, therefore, be unlearned. By helping clients to recognise negative thought patterns they can learn new positive ways of thinking which ultimately will affect feelings and their behaviour.