Psychological Counseling

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WHAT IS COUNSELING

 
What it is and how it can help.
At various times in our lives we all have unhappy periods, and these may lead to confused and overwhelming feelings. These unhappy times may or may not be connected to specific problems. For some people, it helps to talk to someone outside their immediate family, and if this is the case a professionally trained counselor may be the person to help you.


Counseling can help you make sense of your life, resolve specific problems, help you to make decisions, help you deal with phobia, stress, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, addictions, abuse, bereavement, divorce or separation, conflict with others, relationships, and many other issues affecting emotional and mental well-being.


The aim of counseling is for the counselor to help you, and counselors do this in many different ways. They may just listen, as speaking out loud about your problems helps you put your thoughts in order. The counselor will not tell you what to do, and you will be left to make your own choices. Some counselors, however, may go through a whole list of options, and examine the pros and cons of each option, so that you can make better informed decisions. The possibilities are endless, and will depend upon a combination of your particular problem, and the style of counseling undertaken by the counselor.


You should recognize that no amount of counseling will help you deal with all your problems. Life is not that simple, and there is nobody who doesn't have some problems. Counseling may not help the problem to go away, but what counseling can do is to help you cope with the problems you do have. Coping with problems is a bit like juggling! Everyone can juggle with one ball. Most people, with a bit of practice can juggle with two. A few people can juggle with three, or even more. Whatever your juggling skills, there comes a point where, if you were tossed an extra ball, you would drop the lot. That's the type of thing that happens when we reach the end of our tether. We get one too many problems to cope with, and end up unable to cope with anything.

 


Before you embark on a series of counseling sessions, you should ask yourself what you hope to achieve through counseling, and how will you know if the counseling has been successful. It may be, that if counseling helps you deal with the greatest problem, you will then be in a position to cope with all your remaining problems without outside professional help.

 


By skilled use of psychometric tests and interviewing, an occupational psychologist can provide a person with a deeper understanding of his or her strengths, weaknesses and special interests.
Counseling involves a process of self exploration which empowers the individual to reclaim personal power, and a sense of direction and purpose in a safe and confidential environment.

 


There are many different techniques that can be broadly split into 3 groups. These include:
Insight therapies - This type of therapy is often known as "talk therapy". Talking about your experiences will help get an understanding of the difficulties you may face and sort through the possible solutions. The more common types of insight therapy are psychoanalysis, psychodynamic approaches, client centered approaches and cognitive therapy. For more information about these and you may want to ask your counselor, psychologist or psychiatrist.

 


A common form of insight therapy is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This therapy looks at changing negative thought patterns and maladaptive beliefs. Maladaptive beliefs are beliefs that a person has about them self that may not be correct, but are having a negative effect on the person. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the most common forms of counseling.

 


Behavior therapies- Behavior therapies focus on the changing behavior patterns. Behavior therapists will often use some of principles of learning, such as providing punishments for bad behavior and rewards for good behavior. This type of therapy may be used to change compulsive behaviors, to help with learning problems, or to modify avoidance behaviors. With this type of therapy it is assumed that the behaviors are a product of learning and what has been learnt can be unlearnt.

 


Cognitive therapies
Cognitive therapy or cognitive behavior therapy is a kind of psychotherapy used to treat depression, anxiety disorders, phobias, and other forms of mental disorder. It involves recognizing distorted thinking and learning to replace it with more realistic substitute ideas. Its practitioners hold that much (though not all) clinical depression is associated with (although not necessarily caused by) irrational thoughts. ...

 


Cognitive Therapy Counters Depression
Negative thinking in depression can result from biological sources (i.e., endogenous depression), modeling from parents, peers, or other sources. The depressed person experiences negative thoughts as being beyond their control. The cognitive therapist provides techniques to give the client a greater degree of control over negative thinking by correcting "cognitive distortions" or correcting thinking errors that abet such distortions, in a process called cognitive restructuring.

 


Negative thoughts in depression are generally about one of three areas: negative view of self, negative view of the world, and negative view of the future. These constitute the cognitive triad.

 

 

Psychological Counseling Process

Psychological Counseling combines the art of counseling with the science of Psychology. It aims to help people manage their difficulties and transform personal problems into their own personal growth.

 

 

Who is it suitable for?

People usually come to psychological counseling when talking to friends and families proves not to be enough. Having someone to talk to who is not directly involved in your particular circumstances can make a real difference. Psychological counselors are trained in the art of listening and have skills to help you explore your concerns, to help you make sense of complex issues and to find a way forwards. Psychological counselors work with individuals, couples and groups (such as families). All counseling work is, of course, completely confidential.

 

 

What kinds of problems can it help?

Psychological counseling is able to help with a broad range of individual and social problems. Many people find it helpful when faced with difficult stages in their normal life cycle such as career changes, loss and bereavement or crisis points in relationships. Others look to psychological counseling to help alleviate distress whether from pressures of living or through longstanding problems which have proved resistant to change. Psychological counselors are trained in modern psychological methods to help you resolve Depression, fears, panics, stress and anxieties, and to help you break through depression or other forms of sadness.

 

 

Psychological counseling is not confined, though, to helping people cope with difficulties. Other benefits to be gained include developing creativity, self-expression and finding pathways to self-discovery.

 

 

Counseling, Psychotherapy or Psychological Counseling:

What's the difference?

In many ways they can be very similar. All rely on listening skills and draw on psychological theories to explain human emotions and behavior. Whilst counselors typically focus on helping people cope with current circumstances, psychotherapists tend to address long standing and deep seated personal problems. Psychological counselors, however, are trained to cover both kinds of issues and additionally are committed to sharing their knowledge and skills with their clients.

 

 

Psychologists, counselors and psychotherapists also differ in their therapeutic model or approach. Some of the most well known ones are Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral and Client Centered approaches. Psychological counselors are trained in at least two (and usually three) different therapeutic models, and will use their professional expertise to select the methods which best fit their client's particular needs. For example, relationship difficulties are probably best understood through a combination of Systemic and Client Centered approaches. Fears and phobias, on the other hand, have been shown to be most amenable through treatment by Cognitive Behavioral methods.

 

 

Psychological counselors are also trained problem solvers. As professional psychologists they are able to draw on a large body of theory and methods to help their clients discover solutions to their problems, and to devise strategies to help bring about changes in their particular circumstances.

 

 

What happens in Psychological Counseling sessions?

Client and counselor sit in private and engage in a lot of talking and listening. Each session typically lasts between 50 minutes and one hour. Sometimes just a single session is sufficient for a client's needs, but more usually client and counselor continue to meet for several weeks or even months. Client and counselor plan together how often and for how long to meet. Nowadays psychological counselors prefer to work with clients over a small number of highly focused sessions and then to offer an "open door" policy. This means that clients are free to return for more sessions if and when they require them, knowing that there is a reliable professional service available and that they will always be made welcome.

 

 

Couples meet with the counselor in the same way and may use the sessions to better understand how they communicate and react to each others needs. Many couples find attending alternate individual and joint sessions to be especially helpful.

 

 

How do I know if it is suitable for me?

It is quite usual for people coming to psychological counseling for the first time to feel a little apprehensive and excited at the same time. It undoubtedly takes courage to decide to address personal problems and to seek professional help. Most importantly, all psychological and counseling work is based on a trusting relationship between client and counselor. Choosing the right person is therefore more important than selecting a particular brand of counseling. Whatever therapeutic approach is used the professional psychological counselor aims to offer a caring and confidential service.

 

 

Introducing.....Myself

I am a qualified Double master’s psychologist from London school of Economics Uk. I offer reliable and up to date psychological knowledge and methods to assist you in transforming personal problems into your own personal growth. I integrate principles of psychology and counseling in a holistic way, to help you make sense of your thoughts, feelings and actions in the broader context of your social life, bodily health and spiritual well-being.

 

 


Appointments

Whatever your needs I aim to provide a confidential and professional service. I will be pleased to meet with you for an initial free thirty minute consultation session. Here you will be able to "test the water" by exploring the scope of your concerns and examining possible strategies for your psychological counseling before committing yourself to any further sessions.

 

 

Sessions can be timed flexibly to suit your particular circumstances (e.g. a single session, or weekly, fortnightly or monthly sessions). Psychological counseling sessions are 50-60 minutes long.

 

 

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