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Sue’s background as a person centred counsellor means she believes that every individual has the internal resources they need for growth and change. Growth and change can occur when three core conditions are met: unconditional positive regard, empathy and congruence. Her role as a counsellor is to achieve genuine rapport, understanding and openness by making sure that each client is listened to in a non-judgemental way. Clients are encouraged to accept that they have done the best that they could in difficult circumstances and are helped to access the resources needed to move forward.
I had a problem with anger for years, but never realised that a large part of the problem was with me. Sue helped me see things from a different perspective and taught me some strategies to help me stay calm which enabled me to keep my family unit together. I dread to think what may have been if I hadn’t taken the steps to have some therapy.
Human Givens Psychotherapy
The Human Givens approach is a set of organising ideas that provides a holistic, scientific framework for understanding the way that individuals work. This framework encompasses the latest scientific understanding from neurobiology and psychology.
At the core of Human Givens Psychotherapy is a highly empowering idea – that human beings have innate resources to help us meet our fundamental needs.
Humans come into the world with certain basic needs, such as the need for love, security, connection to others, control and self esteem which arises from feeling competent in different areas of our lives. However, we also have innate resources, our own ‘internal guidance system’ to help us meet these needs. These resources include memory, imagination, problem solving abilities, self awareness and the ability to form relationships with others. It is when emotional needs are not met, or when resources are not used correctly that we suffer distress.
Working within the Human Givens framework enables us to see where a person’s life is not working well. It focuses on helping clients to identify where emotional needs are not being met and empowers them to meet those needs by activating their own natural resources in new ways. Each session is tailor made for the client and uses a combination of highly effective psychological interventions, including brief solution focused therapy, relaxation and guided imagery. Human Givens also utilises a wide range of other techniques and suggests practical help where appropriate.
Hypnotherapy works by allowing a client to achieve a state of deep relaxation where the critical conscious mind can take a break. This frees the imagination and subconscious mind to create new beliefs, patterns and habits which bring about positive and beneficial change. Many people fear that whilst they are undergoing hypnotherapy they may lose control, but this is not the case. Clients are in complete control at all times, are aware of what is taking place and may come out of a their deep state of relaxation or trance any time they choose. In fact, clients often comment on how ‘ordinary’ hypnosis feels, and that it is not unlike day-dreaming; they can hear everything that’s being said whilst being in a deeply relaxed state.
Sue uses a form of solution focused brief hypnotherapy which is concerned with setting and achieving goals, changing perspectives and identifying causes. This method focuses on what clients want to achieve rather than on the problem that led them to seek help, offering new insights and deeper understanding of the issue to develop. The approach does not focus on the past, but instead, focuses on the present and future. This can often be a great relief to clients who don’t relish the thought of dredging up painful memories. It is a highly effective treatment for many people who do not want to spend a lot of time on ‘talking therapy’.
Fusion Therapeutic Coaching
Fusion Therapeutic Coaching bridges the boundaries between coaching and counselling in a truly ground breaking format. It is a powerful, prescriptive integration of counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy and Human Givens principles used in a coaching context.
A counsellor who has coaching skills is very different from a coach and works in the following way:
- Integrates coaching and counselling within a brief and ethical framework
- Understands and uses cognitive behavioural therapy where appropriate
- Recognises the importance of getting emotional needs met for well being
- Uses clinical outcome measures and ongoing client feed back at every session
- Helps with anxiety, depression, panic attacks, emotional and all well being issues
- Looks at a client’s life holistically
- Helps clients notice the choices they have
- Helps clients draw on their inner resources
- Helps clients to relax deeply
- Helps build confidence and self esteem
- Helps clients be more effective in their work using advanced coaching techniques
- May use guided visualisation to accelerate positive outcomes