Our approach is to invite you to speak about your life and your history. Through this articulation our therapists help individuals to explore their life difficulties and issues in a supportive and empathetic space and to develop a greater understanding of themselves. By resolving these debilitating issues, the individual can effect greater self-awareness and self-empowerment leading to more positive outcomes and a more fulfilling life. Each individual brings their own narrative, their own story. We tailor our service to meet your needs.
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy This explores issues in depth and sessions can be long-term. It makes use of the idea that how you behave now is determined by past experiences and relationships. A psychoanalytic psychotherapist aims to uncover unconscious factors that may underlie your problems by helping you explore yourself and how you interact with the world around you. You will explore and begin to make sense of your existing situation as well as the feelings, thoughts, beliefs, behaviours and memories that are brought about by this situation. Some of those thoughts, feelings and behaviours may have affected your life negatively and make you feel to be ‘out of control’, confused, helpless, hopeless, exhausted, anxious, sad, frustrated or angry. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy offers very useful principles which aid to shed light on those ‘other’ unconscious factors at work. It aims at enabling you to explore and analyse ‘irrational’ feelings, thoughts and behaviours in order to gain a deeper understanding of how you relate to yourself and to others. Psychotherapeutic work can help you to gradually free yourself from old repetitive patterns by showing how unconscious factors can affect your current ways of living and how you can deal better with the demands of adult life. The overall benefits being that you gain greater insight or yourself, inner fulfillment, raised self-esteem, a positive outlook on life and improved relationships.
Couple counselling Many relationships can reach a stage where one or both partners are finding it difficult to see a way forward. The relationship may no longer seem to be providing what the person is looking for and they may now be wondering if it is possible to bring in changes that can help improve the situation or whether the couple can remain together. Couple therapy is a collaborative approach to emotional and psychological problems that works with families and couples in intimate relationships to nurture healthy change and development. It sees change in terms of interaction between couples and family members and it emphasizes healthy relations as an important factor in psychological well-being. The skills of the family therapist includes the ability to guide conversations in a way that catalyses the strengths and support of the wider system. How Does Couple Counselling Work ? The counsellor will generally work with the couple together but may also do some separate individual sessions with one or both partners, if this is identified and agreed as an important part of the process. In circumstances where one of the partners does not wish to enter into couple therapy, the other may be encouraged to proceed into individual therapy. What Types of Couples Attend Relationship Counselling ? The Couple Counsellors at Fairview Therapy Centre have experience of working with many different issues which present for couples and their relationship. Couples in therapy are not necessarily married, and in many cases they are not. We also work with couples who are in the process of separating or have separated. The couple may have some other form of status or be in another form of partnership or civil union. Our counsellors also have experience of working with different types of relationships including gay and lesbian couples, couples with and without children, couples of other nationalities, inter-racial couples, and couples in either long-term or newly-formed relationships. The additional help and support of an experienced counsellor can be very beneficial in facilitating the couple to clarify the issues of difficulty and see if these may be improved together. Art Therapy can help the individual (either child or adult) deal with bereavement, homelessness, mental health issues, depression or addiction. By exploring issues through Art Therapy, the individual can gain understanding of – and learn how to cope with – those issues that affect their daily living. No experience with art is necessary for the Art Therapy process.
Integrative Psychotherapy embraces an attitude towards the practice of psychotherapy that affirms the inherent value of each individual. It is a unifying psychotherapy that responds appropriately and effectively to the person at the affective, behavioural, cognitive, and physiological levels of functioning, and addresses as well the spiritual dimension of life. Integrative Psychotherapy also refers to the bringing together of the affective, cognitive, behavioral, and physiological systems within a person, with an awareness of the social and transpersonal aspects of the systems surrounding the person. These concepts are utilized within a perspective of human development in which each phase of life presents heightened developmental tasks, need sensitivities, crises, and opportunities for new learning. The aim of an integrative psychotherapy is to facilitate wholeness such that the quality of the person’s being and functioning in the intrapsychic, interpersonal and sociopolitical space is maximized with due regard for each individual’s own personal limits and external constraints. Within this framework it is recognized that integration is a process to which therapists also need to commit themselves. Thus, there is a focus on the personal integration of therapists. However, although a focus on personal growth in the therapist is essential, there needs also to be a commitment to the pursuit of knowledge in the area of psychotherapy and its related fields. There is a particular ethical obligation on integrative psychotherapists to dialogue with colleagues of diverse orientations and to remain informed of developments in the field.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. What is it? Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a talking therapy. It has been proved to help treat a wide range of emotional and physical health conditions in adults, young people and children. CBT looks at how we think about a situation and how this affects the way we act. In turn our actions can affect how we think and feel. The therapist and client work together in changing the client’s behaviours, or their thinking patterns, or both of these. CBT works The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has recommended CBT for the following conditions:
Anxiety disorders (including panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
During a CBT session, you and your therapist will discuss your specific difficulties and set goals for you to achieve. Collaboratively we will help you decide what difficulties you want to work on in order to help you improve your situation. CBT is mainly concerned with how you think and act now, instead of looking at and getting help with difficulties in your past. Your therapist will be able to advise you on how to continue using CBT techniques in your daily life after your treatment ends. CBT Sessions last 60 minutes each. The number of CBT sessions you need depends on the difficulty you need help with.