Timeout Counselling is an online service and offers two approaches to Therapy, each model is for individuals, families and carers of loved ones struggling with mental health. The first approach is Person-centred Counselling and is essentially a Talking Therapy, an approach which allows the client time to explore underlying causes for their distress and gain understanding and insight into a clear path forward.
Through talking therapy, the client learns to take control and trust in his/her ability to know what’s best for them. Person-centred Therapy is a non judgemental, non directive approach affording individuals the opportunity to feel empowered and focus on what is important to them rather than the Professional deciding for them, in other words “the client is the expert.”
The Person-centred approach is usually a long term therapy rather than a quick fix. One reason for this is due to the time it takes for a trusting relationship to form between the client and the therapist. It is vital that clients feel they can share their deepest emotions without fear of being judged and this does not happen over night. Secondly, the aim of person-centred therapy is to release the client from any emotional distress, mental confusion and/or limiting beliefs. Person centred counselling arms the client with the opportunity to become more self-aware, and more in control of creating the sort of positive changes they want to see in their life, to feel empowered to deal with their concerns and gain further insight into who they are and what they need to overcome their difficulties.
The second approach is for those who prefer more direction and where a clear issue or goal is identified, Timeout Counselling can offer structured intervention where the goal is to focus on particular issues such as, managing symptoms of Anxiety or PTSD for example or it may be that a person cares for a family member with mental health difficulties and is unsure of how to help them. Through Psychoeducation and Skills Training, this approach arms the client with a deeper understanding of the mental health issue they care for along with range of techniques and coping methods to help their loved one manage symptoms. This is usually completed over a 12 week course however, depending on the presenting issue, sessions can be extended.
Whichever approach you are drawn to it is natural to feel nervous at the thought of entering into therapy after all, you are potentially sharing aspects of your life which may be painful with a complete stranger and placing your trust in someone you do not know. Timeout Counselling will ensure that you are not pressured into addressing anything you feel uncomfortable with talking about until you feel at ease, the sessions are led by you in as much as you can talk about whatever you feel is important or relevant and at your own pace.
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