Admitting that things are not feeling as they should can go a long way to getting back on track again. Reaching out for help is the next step on your journey and this is something that I can support you with.
I’m Katie Brooks, a professional counsellor in Wendover and I work with many different types of people to help them with the changes that life can bring and the other little bumps that can knock us off course. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy www.bacp.co.uk
You may not be able to ‘name’ what’s troubling you, but I offer a safe and secure environment for you to talk, without judgement or advice. As an Integrative Therapist, I am able to combine approaches so that I can tailor your treatment to meet your individual needs.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) brings together cognitive and behavioural techniques. Patients are taken through methods changing their thoughts and altering their expectations, supported by the use of relaxation techniques.
CBT is known to be effective for the treatment of stress-related issues, phobias, obsessions, eating disorders and can be used to treat major depression.
Humanistic Therapy emerged from the ‘personal growth movement’ and asks people to think about their feelings and to take responsibility for their thoughts and actions.
There is an emphasis on self-development and the notion that one should try to achieve their potential.
A ‘client-centred’ approach is often used and the holistic therapy looks at the person as a whole. The client’s creativity may be invoked to explore and address personal issues.
Psychotherapy seeks out the relationship between the unconscious and past experience in shaping current behaviour. The client will share thoughts about childhood relationships with parents and other key influencers while the therapist focuses on the dynamics of the client/therapist relationship.
‘Transference’ – where the client projects feelings felt in previous important relationships - is a method that can be used in this type of therapy.
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy encourages positive change and works move the client on from re-living past problems.
Clients are asked to think positively about what they do well, encouraged to set goals and chart how they might achieve them.
Transactional Analysis encompasses elements of the humanistic, cognitive-behavioural and psychodynamic methods of therapy.
TA therapists section the human personality into three aspects of the ego states - Parent, Adult and Child.
The ego states are used to help clients understand how they interrelate to others. This can be useful in uncovering what might be behind a difficult personal or professional relationship.
Mindfulness focus on paying attention to the moment-by-moment experience in a non-judgmental and kind way.
Clients are encouraged to assess their speed of thought and how quickly it jumps from one subject to the next. They are then encouraged to slow their breathing and reduce the speed of thought processes.
The focus moves to sensory awareness of the body and discover how to live in the present and uncouple from habitual compulsive behaviour.