At some point in our lives many of us consider consulting with a psychologist, psychotherapist or therapist in Bedfordshire for one reason or another. Not everyone who seeks counselling is burdened with troubles. Nowadays, psychologically minded men and women consider consultation with a mental health professional for personal growth and development as well as problems in living.
Individual adult counselling is a process by which the client is invited to look honestly at their behaviour and lifestyle and make certain decisions about the ways in which they in Bedfordshire provide support and warmth yet enough care to challenge and confront.
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The counselling process begins with the client and the therapist coming to a joint understanding of the client’s issues and self-defeating patterns that may be preventing the client’s growth and interfering with their ability to meet personal and relationship goals.
Brief or longer term counselling:
The goals of counselling are sometimes accomplished by adults in a brief intervention therapy. Some clients, however, require more time to engage in a significant exploration of their “problems in living”.
In individual adult counselling, clients can develop a more compassionate view of themselves, resolve painful past experiences and reduce negative self-talk and increase positive self-talk. Interestingly, gaining a better understanding of ourselves can improve intimate and familial relationships, promote inner peace and inner strength and perhaps most importantly, foster personal growth and development in adult life.
Some issues that adults may address in counselling:
- Anger management
- Body image
- Boundary setting
- Communication challenges
- Court mandated counselling
- Cross-cultural values
- Eating disorders
- Grief and loss
- Interpersonal Skills
- Low Self-Esteem
- Power & Control
- Sexual Issues
- Sexual Orientation
- Social difficulties
- Stress and burnout
- Survivor of violence
Through a scholar-practitioner approach to therapy, our therapists in Bedfordshire operate from empirically informed treatment modalities, including Contemporary Relational Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), as well as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Our integrative and contemporary approach allows for flexibility in the moment should new stressors or crises arise while maintaining a focus on the overall treatment plan.
“Working Through It” vs “Getting Over It”
Our expertise lies in developing a collaborative, therapeutic relationship with you and establishing goals together. Our clinicians operate from a place of non-judgement, and do not believe that there is anything “wrong” with you as a person. There is an understanding that each of us encounter obstacles in our lives in which the world expects you to “get over it and move on.” Our belief is that if it was so easy to “get over it,” in all likelihood you would have already. Life’s obstacles and circumstances are difficult, and each of us were not always “dealt the best hand” to tackle what comes at us. Our therapists in Bedfordshire understand that it is not about “getting over it.” Rather it is our expertise to support, understand, and hold you accountable while we work through it together in the context of a therapy relationship.
First Time to Therapy
Our clinicians also specialise in providing therapy to those who never experienced therapy before. Often times, recognising that we might need help and then seeking support from a professional takes a tremendous amount of courage. Our clinicians recognise this, and strive to make the initial process and seamless and easy as possible. We offer complimentary phone consultations in which you will speak directly to a clinician, often times, the clinician you will likely be working with. Our therapists in Bedfordshire are compassionate and understanding and recognise that seeking therapy for the first time can be scary, even though it does not have to be.
Psychotherapy (sometimes called talk therapy) addresses personal difficulties and concerns. It gives you a space to speak openly and confidentially about your concerns and feelings with one of our trained professionals. Together with your therapist, you will develop a confidential and trusting relationship to discuss problematic thoughts, feelings or behaviours. There are many issues that psychotherapy can help, see our services page for a comprehensive list. Some common concerns in individual psychotherapy are: anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationship issues, disordered eating, sleep difficulties, indecision, trauma, panic attacks, behaviour change, grief/loss, identity issues, and stress. While attending therapy can sometimes feel daunting and nerve wracking, our therapists’ job is to make you feel comfortable and able to share your thoughts and feelings. The therapeutic relationship is unique, unlike a friendship or a family relationship. The structure and uniqueness of the relationship, with strict boundaries and ethical guidelines, are what enable trust and create change in therapy.