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Different approaches

What is Humanistic counselling?

Humanistic psychology evolved in the 1950's because a number of psychologists argued that the Psychodynamic and Cognitive-behavioural approaches were too limited in their understanding of human nature and potential. Humanistic counsellors are particularly concerned with how their clients experience fulfilment, creativity and choice as well as with their emotional problems. The client in humanistic counselling is likely to feel that the counsellor is more of an equal partner in the relationship than an expert who knows what is best for the client. The person-centred approach of Carl Rogers is the best-known humanistic approach.

My approach is Integrative/Humanistic

What are eclectic and integrative approaches?

An eclectic approach to counselling tries to provide the best mixture of ideas and techniques for each client. An integrative counsellor seeks to bring together different elements into a new theory or model.


What is Psychodynamic counselling?

Psychodynamic counselling has its origins in psychoanalytic theory, from which it has drawn basic assumptions about human growth and development, and above all the importance of unconscious forces in the way the mind works. The counsellor-client relationship invites the development of transference, in which the counsellor is experienced by the client in a way that resembles their relationship with significant others in their past or present. Psychodynamic counsellors generally use some techniques derived from psychoanalysis but are unlikely to engage in intensive psychotherapy with the objective of personality change, and will probably focus on specific issues or life events that their client has sought counselling to resolve.


What is Cognitive-Behavioural counselling?

This approach has evolved out of behavioural psychology and has three key features: a problem-solving, change-focused approach to working with clients; a respect for scientific values, and close attention to the cognitions (beliefs, thoughts and perceptions) through which people monitor and control their behaviour. The client may perceive a cognitive behavioural counsellor more as a trainer or teacher than in other approaches.

A useful video explanantion of CBT from NHS