What is Counselling, Psychotherapy, Psychology and CBT?

Counselling, Psychotherapy, Psychology and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing. The therapist will do their best to help you to look at your issues, and to identify the right course of action for you, either to help you resolve your difficulties or help you find ways of coping.

Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Counselling Psychologists, and Cognitive Behaviour Therapists offer talking therapies to help individuals, couples, families and groups overcome a range of psychological and emotional issues. Therapists have undergone different trainings and have had different experiences, so offer a number of approaches according to the theoretical models they adopt or the therapy they practice. The therapists role is to help deal with, and alleviate, distress in an individual.

It is difficult to define what a talking therapy is, as the experience is often unique for every individual, but the beauty of it is that you are offered a safe space with a trained person to talk through your issues. Even if you have a supportive network it can be difficult to share any difficulties with someone you care about through not wishing to upset them.

Therapists can help with a wide range of issues, for example; anxiety, depression, bereavement, relationship difficulties and life changes. They offer different techniques to match your need which can include; hypno-psychotherapy; cognitive behavioural therapies; psychoanalytic and psychodynamic therapies; humanistic and integrative psychotherapies; systemic therapies and compassion focused therapy.

Therapists work in confidential settings, offer empathy and respect whilst working with you to find out your needs. Building a trusting therapeutic relationship is core to all talking therapies and your therapist will be happy to answer any queries you have about the process.

Dr Carole Francis-Smith

Dr Carole Francis-Smith

Carole has ten years of experience as a Counselling Psychologist and a previous long career working with vulnerable young people and adults. She has seen the benefit of talking therapies for many mental health issues and offers different approaches, including Compassion Focused Therapy. Carole understands that every person is unique and looks to tailor therapy to suit an individuals needs - offering a warm, safe space to build a working relationship. Her private practice also offers online counselling and mental health training.

Deborah Rose

Deborah Rose

Deborah is a qualified Integrative Counsellor having completed a FdSC in Counselling with the University of Gloucester and is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Deborah’s career has been extensive, supporting Adults, Young People and Adolescents within a variety of roles and settings, as a Counsellor, Teacher, Mentor and Support Worker.

Jo Augustus

Jo Augustus

Jo is an experienced Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, who has worked in the NHS and the independent sector for over 10 years. She uses evidenced based interventions to assess and treat clients presenting with anxiety and depression related difficulties. She works collaboratively, guiding individuals through specific Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) tools and techniques.

Dr Helen Fairchild

Dr Helen Fairchild

Dr Helen Fairchild is an experienced Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the NHS and charity sector for over 10 years. She specialises in working with children, adolescents and families, and is trained to help with problems such as depression, low self-esteem, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic, social anxiety, poor sleep, self-harm, anger and behavioural difficulties. Helen has a large amount of experience working with young people on the autism spectrum or with other neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD or learning difficulties.

Rob Kerley

Rob Kerley

Rob qualified as a Counsellor and Hypnotherapist in 2014 and offers a number of ‘person centered’ and integrative therapies using a range of counselling methods. Following 37 years in a different career Rob made a decision to retrain as a counsellor as he had cause to experience first hand the difference counselling can make to a person. He wanted to be part of a valuable and fulfilling profession.
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