I use an ‘Integrative Approach’ to counselling so I work with clients using different approaches depending on their needs and choices.
Here's a couple of examples:
1. CBT – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
CBT usually starts with looking at your goals. It’s often a short term practical approach to bringing about change in your life.
It starts with understanding what needs to be different. It’s useful for learning new ways of behaving or reacting to a challenge.
CBT tends to focus on the future although the past can be important to understand too.
2. EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing
Psychological distress is often overwhelming and in some cases, the brain is unable to process what’s happened.
The distressing memory can become ‘frozen’ and recalling the event can seem like being re-traumatised.
EMDR works on the left/right stimulation of the brain, using either eye movements or touch, which appears to help the brain to process the frozen or blocked information.
As are result, traumatic memories seem to lose their painful intensity, they become less stressful and more like ‘ordinary’ memories.
EMDR is not hypnosis. Although your eyes move, you remain conscious and in control at all times.