Counselling Strategies

Counselling can help you to look at what is going on in your life, how you are feeling and what you are thinking and work through difficult times in your life. Counselling can increase self-awareness and self-confidence; assist people to function better with renewed energy.

Counselling facilitates people to make plans, carry through with them, and move forward. Peter bases much of his counselling on:

CBT

Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that helps the person to change unhelpful or unhealthy habits of thinking, feeling and behaving. CBT involves the use of practical self-help strategies, which are designed to affect positive and immediate changes in the person’s quality of life.

Attachment theory

A set of concepts that explain the emergence of an emotional bond between an infant and primary caregiver and the way in which this bond affects the child’s behavioral and emotional development into adulthood.

Existentialism

Existentialism is a philosophy concerned with human existence, finding self, and the meaning of life through free will, choice, and personal responsibility. The belief that people are searching to find out who and what they are throughout life as they make choices based on their experiences, beliefs, and outlook without the help of laws, ethnic rules, or traditions.

Mindfulness

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness is sustaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. We also pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.

Loss and grief Principals

The stages of mourning and grief are universal and are experienced by people from all walks of life. Loss is an inevitable part of life, and grief is a natural part of the healing process. The reasons for grief are many, such as the loss of a loved one, the loss of health, or the letting go of a long-held dream. Dealing with a significant loss can be one of the most difficult times in a person’s life.

Recognised Trauma Therapy

Trauma-focused therapy uses a range of techniques for the purpose of dissipating the difficult feelings experienced by a trauma victim through a change in his thoughts, beliefs and behavior. The principal techniques in trauma-focused therapy are exposure, cognitive restructuring and learning methods for emotional and physical adjustment.