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How does counselling work? leaves_pic
A counsellor meets with their 'client' on a regular basis, working to help them gain a greater self-awareness of their thoughts, feelings and behaviour and then find ways to make positive changes. This talking therapy may be used to focus on and work with a specific difficulty or problem although this is often underpinned or intertwined with other aspects of the person's life.
The counselling process provides an opportunity to unravel and explore these personal issues in a private, confidential and non-judgemental setting.
Counselling can be either short-term or be longer-term, to enable work at a greater depth. Some people find that just a few sessions helps them to tackle something that had led to them feeling 'stuck'.
What style of counselling is used?
The counselling offered is integrative, which means that the most effective approach is used to meet the needs of each client. This is underpinned by a humanistic philosophy that assumes the capacity of each individual to shape their own life. Derek's practice draws from existential, cognitive-behavioural and person-centred therapies, with an emphasis on empowering the client.
What about specialist experience?
Derek offers long-term therapy but has particular expertise in focused, short-term counselling and works with a wide range of personal and work-related issues. He has extensive experience of working with bereavement and problematic alcohol or drug use, having worked for seven years in the substance misuse field in the NHS and non-statutory sector during the 1990s. Since 2002, he has also focused on workplace and organisational issues such work-related stress, bullying and mediation. He has managed over 120 critical incidents including working with those affected by the London terrorist attacks. He has worked on-site in a wide range of organisational settings following traumatic incidents including railway fatalities, assaults on staff and suicides, working with individuals and groups as well as providing support and guidance to managers.
How are the highest standards of counselling ensured?
As part of his professional responsibility to his clients and as required by the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) for a senior accredited therapist, Derek regularly receives formal clinical supervision from a highly experienced practitioner. He also regularly undertakes training as part of his commitment to continuing professional development.
What about confidentiality?
As a senior accredited member of the BACP, Derek works within their Ethical Framework. Apart from exceptional circumstances such as risk of harm to a third party, confidentiality is only breached with the explicit consent of the client or when the counsellor is required to do so by law.
Contact by email or call 07813 708 331