Psychotherapy & Counselling
Psychotherapy & Counselling are types of therapy used to treat emotional problems and mental health conditions. They usually involve talking, but sometimes other methods may be used, such as art. One of the key objectives of psychotherapy & counselling is to help you gain a better understanding of the issues that are troubling you. It can help you work out new ways of approaching situations that you find difficult, as well as suggesting new methods to help you cope.
When a client presents with more complex issues/difficulties, a longer initial appointment is required so that an in depth ‘fact-finding’ session can be completed in order for the client to get the very best results from therapy. This in itself would be considered to be a form of psychotherapy & counselling as part of that process and often clients have a big ‘light-bulb’ moment, or just feel better from being able to ‘unload’ and talk in complete confidentiality, without judgement.
Traditionally, counselling is a type of talking therapy that allows a person to talk about their problems and feelings in a confidential and dependable environment. The client has a series of regular sessions over a period of time and the process works predominantly with the conscious mind and may involve things like CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). This type of therapy of course has its place and has its own merits, yet I believe that in order to make permanent, lasting change, you need to work with the subconscious mind and when you work in this manner, fewer sessions are generally needed. All the therapy models I use are aimed as being ‘shorter-term’ – looking to achieve the desired result in as few sessions as possible. They would not be geared to someone coming back over a long period of time, unless of course, that is what they wanted to do and that is their preference. I hold an International Advanced Diploma in Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy & Counselling.
WSN - Parts Therapy
I have also done Level 1 and 2 training in WSN Counselling & Coaching. WSN stands for Warriors,Settlers and Nomads and the concept was created by Terence Watts. It is a type of Parts Therapy and is very effective for:
- Performance enhancement
- Weight management
… and a whole host of other issues besides!
The WSN concept doesn’t rely on teaching you how to behave differently, or showing you only how to cope with ‘stuff’ that is affecting your quality of life. It is far more empowering than that because it helps you to find strengths and resources that you never knew you had – probably even abilities that you’ve always wished you possessed.
WSN works on the bases that within each of us there are three clear, distinct personality types:
The Warrior – bold, driven, determined and tenacious; this person needs to be independent and wants to control everything around them.
The Settler – caring, empathetic, instinctive and emotional. Settlers want to work cooperatively and have a need to be liked.
The Nomad – busy, vivacious, outgoing and curious. Nomads are restless and constantly seek change, new experiences and love to be ‘in the middle of things’.
We are all a mix of these three types, but we are born with a dominant personality type. When we are ‘in tune’ with this, we are more likely to be relaxed and at peace. Problems can arise though when our thoughts and behaviors do not match our true personality type. Conflict between who you subconsciously feel you are, and the person you feel that you need to be or have to be can trigger a whole mix of symptoms.
WSN can help a person identify and understand their core personality type, and then help them to identify ways in which they may be in conflict with this. It can also be that the parts themselves are in conflict – an example of which is the heart versus head scenario. Very often just the realisation of where conflict existed is enough to promote improvement and healing, and then this knowledge can be used to promote further changes.