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Contemporary Counsellor

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The study of the human mind has interested man throughout history, from ancient time’s spiritual practices to modern day scientific advances.  Today both approaches are starting to converge, leading modern day psychotherapy towards an in-depth understanding of how the Mind truly works, and the part we human beings play in this process.
Four key influences in the History of Psychotherapy, Counselling & Life Coaching.
1st Wave – Freud et al.  Intuitive Subjective. Freud and his contemporaries were the first to separate mental illnesses from physical illnesses, in a way that opened up a path that linked the two.  Freud, Jung, Alder and the Psychotherapy Schools that sprung from this era led the way for ‘talking therapy’ to emerge as a viable and respectable alternative to classical medicine.
2nd Wave – Pavlov & his dogs – Behavioural Observational.  Out of this primarily esoteric approach to the Mind drew the desire to objectively understand the mechanics behind psychotherapy. Researchers such as Watson and Skinner applied scientific rigour to the subject through observation, testing and recording human & animal behaviour.  This brought a new understanding of how conditioned humans are by their environment and raised, questions relating to whether free will was free at all.
3rd Wave – 3rd Humanistic and non-directive psychotherapy.  Client-Centred Relational.  The third wave refined and developed this external objectifying approach with the more subtle aspects of the human inner world. The Humanistic approach was born out of the pioneering work of Carl Rogers (Person-Centred), Milton Erickson (non-directive hypnotherapy) Fritz Perls (Gestalt) and many others.  Milton Erickson emphasised the importance of being in a natural present state, free of content, connected to a core self that underpinned thoughts and behaviours. Carl Rogers, a contemporary of Erickson, realised that this core self was highly fragile and often deeply wounded.  He recognised and formulated key conditions necessary for change to take place. Rogers emphasised the nature of the relationship between the therapist and client was essential in promoting a healthy change process.
4th Wave – Pluralist, Collaborative & Generative – Structure of Mind & Future Orientation.  The growth of the talking professions has multiplied in recent times, running in parallel with the growing demand of Western Societies’ mental and emotional health issues.  Being a contemporary approach my work is firmly centred on the client’s individual needs while at the same time helping them focus on what it is they truly want to gain.  Systemic NLP endeavoured to define how we actually code information, and current Generative Change work has further refined therapeutic ways to facilitate and support the client’s process.   A pluralistic approach pioneered by contemporary person-centred researchers continue to encourage current practitioners to be collaborative, co-creative and inclusive within their work.

My Approach.  My approach is an integrated and inclusive psychotherapy approach.  I draw upon a variety of Psychotherapy and Life Coaching models of change, and mindfulness practices.  My work incorporate the contemporary views of current Person-Centred pluralists (Cooper & McLeod), Generative Change Work of Stephen Gilligan & Robert Dilts, Somatic Reprocessing Therapy (Levine & Ogden) & Transpersonal Approaches, to facilitate a healthy dynamic change process.

To look deeply into ourselves and beyond can be, at times, difficult and uncomfortable, but the long term gain far outweighs any short term discomfort, and is the true Hero’s Journey!

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