There are many ways of practising counselling or psychotherapy. However, research suggests that the therapeutic relationship itself is more important than the particular theories your counsellor uses. This means that if your counsellor succeeds in helping you to feel safe, accepted and treated with respect, you are more likely to be able to make good use of your sessions.
There is a wide range of theraputic approaches that our counsellors have been trained in and will use in deciding how to work with you. You may find one approach more appealing than another or find that some approaches are more suited to your particular needs than others.
See below for a short list of some of the different types of theraputic counselling approaches your counsellor may use.
OEI (Observed and Experiential Integration)
Unlike talk therapy, where patients talk out their symptoms and feelings, OEI is based on neurobiological science.
OEI is useful to identify and unlock traumatic memories stored in areas of the brain that are seldom touched using traditional psychotherapy. Often traumatic memories are stored deep in the mid-brain involving areas such as the Amygdala (emotional centre), Thalamus (sensory processor), Hippocampus (memory processor) and Anterior Cingulate (worry centre). These areas typically can't be unlocked or tapped easily through talking.
The success of OEI lies in its ability to deal with these long-hidden memories and traumas.
EMDR (Eye Movement and Reprocessing therapy)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an interactive psychotherapy technique used to relieve psychological stress. EMDR is an effective treatment for trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
During EMDR therapy sessions, you relive traumatic or triggering experiences in brief doses while the therapist directs your eye movements.
EMDR is thought to be effective because recalling distressing events is often less emotionally upsetting when your attention is diverted. This allows you to be exposed to the memories or thoughts without having a strong psychological response. Over time, this technique is believed to lessen the impact that the memories or thoughts have on you.
People who are dealing with traumatic memories and those who have PTSD are thought to benefit the most from EMDR therapy.
Gottman Method Couples Therapy
The Gottman Method is designed to support couples across all economic, racial, sexual orientation, and cultural sectors.
Some of the relationship issues that may be addressed in therapy include:
• Frequent conflict and arguments
• Poor communication
• Emotionally distanced couples on the verge of separation
• Specific problems such as sexual difficulties, infidelity, money, and parenting.
Even couples with “normal” levels of conflict may benefit from the Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Gottman-trained therapists aim to help couples build stronger relationships overall and healthier ways to cope with issues as they arise in the future.
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