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Counselling

Counselling is a talking therapy. Here at Mornview Therapeutic Services you will find me, a trained, qualified and experienced practitioner who works with clients over a short or long term and I help them to create and develop effective change and positive well being within their lives.

People come to counselling because they are experiencing difficulties and/or distress in their lives. Some people have supportive networks and others don't but we all need to talk to someone sometimes. Anxiety and depression are common issues for people as well as life events which result in bereavement, divorce, redundancy, health issues, bullying and so on. You do not to have to be in crisis or on the verge of one, before choosing to have therapy. You may experience underlying feelings of dissatisfaction with life in general, or be seeking balance in your life and spirituality. All of these reasons and more will bring individuals to therapy.

Counselling provides you with a set amount of time each week, in a safe, private, uninterrupted and confidential setting to look at the issues that are troubling you. You might want to talk about what is happening now or in the past. I will work with you to take a close look at your issues, to identify the right course of action for you and find a way forwards together so that you can cope, manage and resolve your difficulties.

At Mornview Therapeutic Therapy Services I work with young people, adults and older people. I offer a variety of therapeutic approaches which are tailored to each unique and individual client. I utilise a wide range of techniques and interventions so that my clients receive the best counselling service that they deserve

"Deep in your wounds are seeds, waiting to grow beautiful flowers."

-  Niti Magethia

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT, or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a type of psychotherapy. It has been proven to help treat a wide range of emotional, psychological and physical health conditions in adults, young people and people and children. CBT looks at how we perceive a situation and how this affects the way we feel and behave. Here at Mornview Therapeutic Services I can work with you to help you to create positive and healthy changes in the way you think, feel and behave.

There is a great deal of research and evidence to show that CBT works effectively in treating anxiety and depression. This research has been carefully reviewed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).  NICE provides independent, evidence-based guidance for the NHS on the most effective ways to treat disease and ill health.  CBT is recommended by NICE for the treatment of anxiety disorders and as a trained and qualitied Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with a CPCAB qualification I provide CBT for depression and anxiety as well as a range of other emotional and psychological problems.

Recommendation:  Be careful when selecting your CBT Therapist and ensure that they are appropriately trained and qualified to ensure safe and ethical practice with your issues.

"Never give up on someone with a mental illness. When "I" is replaced by "We", illness becomes wellness."

 - Shannon L. Alder

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) aims to help you to maximise your human potential for a rich, full and meaningful life.

It is a type of psychotherapy in that it challenges your distressing thoughts by looking for evidence and coming up with a more rational response – a bit like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) uses three broad techniques:

  • Mindfulness
  • Staying in the here
  • Defusion techniques

Defusion is a technique used for distancing  and disconnecting from uncomfortable or distressing thoughts and feelings.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) helps clients to notice what is happening for them; the unhelpful thoughts, feelings and behaviours and notice they way they are interpreting their meaning and how this affects them.

Clients work towards committing to a value-based living or lifestyle so that you are more in control personally and you commit to actions that improve and enrich your life.

Anyone can access Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  It works relatively quickly and effectively except where problems are multiple and more severe.  As a counselling model it is flexible and adaptable and clients can enjoy short or long term therapy.

"It is those of us who have been broken that become experts at mending."

- Dr. Steve Maraboli

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Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is a type of complementary therapy that uses hypnosis, which is an altered state of consciousness.

Hypnosis is widely promoted as a treatment for various long-term conditions such as weight problems, smoking, sleep and anxiety.  The aim is to break unhelpful and unwanted habits.

Hypnosis introduces clients to a state of deep relaxation and it uses the power of suggestion to engage clients in the therapy.

Please note:  Hypnotherapy is not suitable for mental illnesses such as psychosis and personality disorders as it could make these problems worse.

"Each time you set a healthy boundary, you say "yes" to more freedom"

- Nancy Levin

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Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy (TA)

Transactional Analysis (or TA) helps to explain in simple terms why we think, feel and behave in the way we do.

It is now a well-established approach used worldwide in areas such as coaching, resilience training, family therapy, psychotherapy, parenting, counselling, stress management, personal awareness and development, couples work, education and organisational development .

TA has many models which can help us to understand who we are and how /why others are different from us. It helps us to understand how we communicate and how that communication goes wrong. We can learn about  the unconscious processes that we repeat in our lives and what to do about them. We can use TA to consider why people think feel and behave the way they do. With insight and understanding we can manage ourselves and our relationship with others better.

Below are some key principles of TA that I think are helpful to know and I hope will give you some understanding of what TA therapy is all about.

We have both a conscious and an unconscious mind.

Once you get the idea of the unconscious mind being around and in control it becomes more easy to understand how we can be affected by stress, depression, anxiety or anger through processes which we are not even aware of affecting our mood.

Our mind is not a single personality but is made up of three sub-personalities known as Ego States.

According to TA we have three ego states, the Parent, Adult and Child, that we switch between many times each day.

By understanding how we move in and out of the different ego states, we can begin to understand ourselves and the way in which we interact with the world in new ways.

We can free ourselves of most of our unhelpful behaviours by understanding which ego states we use more frequently and which ego states we tend to use less often.

The overall aim is to become more balanced in our thinking, feeling and behaving which will help us to reduce our anxiety, stress and destructive habits.

TA looks at our  ‘script’ of how our life will turn out, which we unconsciously follow each and every day of our lives.

The script helps us to play a make believe part in the world and helps us to categorise ourselves and the people we meet as ‘goodies’, ‘baddies’, ‘heroes’ or ‘heroines’ etc.

Working on your issues in therapy will help you to identify your own ‘script’ of the world, the part that you play in it and ways to break out of ‘script’ and begin to lead a more empowered life.

TA believes that we repeat the same mistakes over and over again according to our ‘script’.

Our ‘script’ and the decisions we made about life as children determine how we unconsciously lead our lives each day.

Therapy can help you to understand your own life script and show you how the results of your ‘script’ decisions have manifested all around.

TA believes that everyone has the capacity to change their ‘script’.

The good news is that everyone can change their life ‘script’ once it is brought out into the open and made conscious.

TA is very successful in helping people break out of their ‘script’ and live their life with renewed purpose.

"You are allowed to be both a Masterpiece and a work in progress, simultaneously."

- Sofia Bush

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Counselling Supervision

According to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) counsellors must receive regular supervision which oversees their practice with clients.  As a trained, qualified and experienced Counselling  Supervisor I provide this service to both qualified and trainee counsellors.  I work in collaboration with counselling training organisations, institutes and charities to provide counselling supervision.

My supervision modality is Hawkins and Shohet or The Seven Eyed Model.  It is a framework which focuses on 7 areas for discussion and exploration in supervision:

  1. Content of therapy session;
  2. Supervisee’s strategies and interventions with clients;
  3. The therapy relationship;
  4. The therapist’s processes (e.g., counter-transference or subjective experience);
  5. The supervisory relationship (e.g., parallel process);
  6. The supervisor’s own processes (e.g., counter-transference response to the supervisee and to the supervisor-client         relationship), and...
  7. The wider context (e.g., organisational and professional influences).

As a very ethical human being, therapist and supervisor and an excellent communicator and established public speaker I establish good rapport and relationship with supervisees and I work within their own counselling modality and provide a supervision service which is tailored to their supervisory needs.

For your Counselling Supervision please feel free to contact me using the button at the bottom of this page.

"Our clients' scars show their pain and suffering, but they also show their will to survive. They are part of their history."

- Maureen Brumby

 

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