Approaches & Methodologies

Years of experience with different clients in multiple settings has enabled The Counsellor to develop expertise in a range of specialised approaches. The philosophy is that different people respond to different approaches at different times during a therapeutic or counselling process. This flexibility can often help clients to achieve fresh perspectives on long embedded issues. Recognising this The Counsellor may weave a variety of disciplines together during your time of working with her and if she thinks it could be helpful to introduce a new approach or activity she will always discuss this with you in advance. In addition to the traditional counselling sessions, activities and approaches can include:

  • Counselling, using a range of approaches: Person Centred; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); Psycho Dynamic; Experiential Learning; Integrative
  • Coaching, solution focused on the basis of goal setting, using an open questioning approach
  • Mentoring, focused on professional development, business advancement – young people
  • A combination of the above, all of which may include any of the following ...

    • Psychometric instruments - providing a logical and analytical approach to show how attitudes or belief systems impact self, others and situations
    • Physiology diagnostics and heart rate analysis, showing the client how and when their stress levels render their brain inactive and action is led purely by emotion
    • Skills practice for ‘mastery of emotions’
    • Values identification - to address the emotional value a client places on people and situations
    • Visioning & visualisation techniques - to explore ideal futures
    • Use of dreams
    • Clear specific focused goal setting
    • Retreats can involve the use of experiential learning activities (learning-by-doing) and may include weaving a client’s interests into the process, such as golf, football, rugby or a fitness activity as well as activities such as mask making, table top ‘sculpture’ and role play
Collaborative Practice

The Counsellor recognises there are times when collaborative practice with other professionals from different disciplines would be in the best interest of her client and may recommend either bringing in our own specialist colleagues or suggest including a client’s own advisers or consultants who are already working with her client. These may include legal, financial or medical practitioners or specialist business mentors or sports’ trainer/coaches.

With the mutual agreement and involvement of her client and other such professionals a collaborative ‘plan of action’ can be devised, with clear roles and responsibilities, focused solely on serving her client’s needs and previously agreed goals. Such a plan would involve regular collaborative review of progress. In all circumstances The Counsellor@ The Challenge of Excellence operates within BACP’s Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling/Psychotherapy.