Counselling is often described as a conversation with a therapeutic purpose. In this regard, I consider important for the client to go at their own pace and direction in an environment of trust and comfort. In this process, I draw on my training and skills to enable the client to continue on a journey in a useful way with a view to achieving and maintaining healthy harmony between thought, emotion and behaviour.
As registered health professionals, psychologists are required by law to maintain a high standard of knowledge and to keep their skills current. This provides us with an opportunity to skill up on therapeutic interventions that are continuing to evolve and diversify such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).
I would describe my approach as eclectic or integrative as I draw on theories, strategies and skills from various counselling interventions to suit the immediate needs of the client. However, I frequently use CBT as I find CBT to be a very effective intervention to treat a number of conditions and disorders such as anxiety, adjustment, childhood, mood, and sleep disorders.
CBT is a collaborative approach and focuses on the difficulties the client experiences in the present day. This means that clients have an opportunity to learn a range of strategies that are personally tailored and meaningful to them.
In addition to CBT, I use hypnotherapy or clinical hypnosis which taps into the subconscious to assist the achievement of desired outcomes for the client. Hypnotherapy can be a very powerful tool when used in combination with CBT. Research has shown this integrative approach to be more effective in achieving client outcomes than CBT alone.