ETC is a talking therapy which is designed to resolve the reasons for you feeling the way you do.
It's client led, which means that you the client are in control of what is discussed, in what depth, and what progress is made through the therapy. More importantly, I don't put you through a process or try to turn you into a pre-defined version of 'normal'. What's important is what's right for you, not what anyone else thinks you 'should' or 'could' do.
It's usually long-term and seeks to identify, and resolve, the deeper emotional factors behind issues such as depression, anxiety, lack of self-confidence or self-harm. This is not a modality for people looking for a quick fix or who want to be told the answers to their problems.
If any of the following statements sound familiar, you may find Emotional Therapeutic Counselling of use:
I provide a safe, non-judgemental and entirely confidential environment in which I can support you to work through whatever's bothering you whether it's major trauma or something that others might think is trivial, but which is a big issue for you.
Since this type of counselling seeks to work with emotions rather than the mind, it would not be suitable for those with diagnosed psychotic mental illnesses, e.g. schizophrenia, nor people who are actively using alcohol or non-prescription drugs as a coping mechanism.
Whilst ETC is a talking therapy, it also uses various tools to help a person recognise, acknowledge and deal with repressed or suppressed emotional blocks. Emotional Therapeutic Counsellors believe that the mind, body and spirit are of equal importance, and that our emotional wellbeing is the key to a contented, fulfilling life.
Many clients have heard of - or may have tried - CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) which as provided by the NHS, offers coping strategies to enable the client to function in day to day life despite their issues. It can be compared to taking paracetamol for stomach-ache. That reduces the pain and allows you to function, but doesn't actually cure the cause of your pain which could be, for example, appendicitis. ETC can be compared to having your appendix removed - it's much harder and more uncomfortable than taking paracetamol, but means the pain goes away for good.
CBT is also a powerful therapy in its own right, and I use techniques from that modality when I feel it will help you.
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