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Therapy & Counselling Approaches For Beginners

What Are The Main Therapy And Counselling Approaches?: If you are new to the world of therapy and counselling, the abundance of counselling approaches and the language used to describe them can be overwhelming, and it can be difficult to figure out where to start. Although it is, in fact, just as complicated as it appears, this page should give you a few hints, describing some key terms and pointing you in the right direction.

Although counselling can be used to describe any form of therapeutic intervention, it usually refers specifically to a short-term, goal-oriented therapy modality that focuses on one specific issue or area of your life. You might approach a counsellor to help you deal with grief and bereavement over the death of a loved one, or help you navigate a difficult life-transition period in your domestic or professional life.

A counsellor will listen without judgement and will use different counselling approaches to help you to find solutions without telling you what to do. Counselling is usually offered for a fixed number of sessions.

Psychotherapy is usually a less-structured, more open-ended process that might continue for many years and usually deals with physical and emotional problems, behavioural disorders and human sexuality issues. A psychotherapist might also help you deal with a specific issue, but they are more likely to help you identify and address deep-seated psychological issues, reflect on the role your past might play in living your current life, and consider your subconscious.

Psychotherapy is a talking therapy process and forms the basis of many therapeutic approaches (most of which you can find at HQ Therapy).

Clinical Psychology, on the other hand, is a scientific, medical and theoretical approach that is used to diagnose, treat and prevent psychological issues such as stress, anxiety and depression, personality disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse and addiction issues, learning disabilities, family and work conflict and relationship issues.

Clinical psychologists are able to officially diagnose mental health conditions and will treat them using psychological techniques rather than by prescribing medications.

The process is more structured than psychotherapy or counselling approaches: you will be formally assessed before your clinician begins working with you to help you find practical solutions to the issues you are facing.

Counselling & Therapy Approaches Offered At HQ Therapy Rooms

Within the umbrella terms described above, there are dozens of different therapeutic approaches available. You’ve probably heard many of the acronyms, from the widely available CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to lesser-known approaches such as NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprogramming).

Figuring out which counselling approach is best for you can seem like an overwhelming task. The modality pages on this website give you a place to start, and when you’ve got a sense of the options available, you can either contact a therapist directly or ask us for help.

HQ Therapy has therapists and counsellors who are fully trained to work with clients experiencing emotional, psychological and physical issues. Below are the three main therapy and counselling approaches that are an umbrella for a range of different types of therapy modalities, each of which is tailored to deal with specific client issues, using a wide range of techniques.

If you feel like you need some guidance or support in making your decision, you can get in touch with us using the form at the bottom of this page (‘Can I Contact You For Advice About Therapy?’), and a trained therapist will guide you through the process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I Seek Therapy & Counselling?

It’s a very common misunderstanding that most people, new to this type of help, believe that they need to be suffering from “mental illness” or serious “psychological problems” in order for therapy and counselling to be appropriate and work for them. This is a misconception, anyone can benefit from therapy when it comes to helping you deal with your personal feelings and problems.

So what is therapy and counselling? If you’re new to this world then the first steps can sometimes be the most difficult. Therapy can be a very effective treatment for a whole range of personal problems covering areas from physical and emotional problems, different types of behavioural disorders, through to human sexuality issues and a host of wellbeing therapy techniques.

Any problems you may have (ranging from emotional, psychological and physical conditions) that are causing you concern and anxiety or stress are valid and appropriate reasons to reach out and talk to a therapist about them. Reaching out to others for support and help in times of crisis shows signs of maturity and strength when you can acknowledge the distress and vulnerable feelings and reach out for support and help.

If you feel that you have a desire and are committed to making personal changes in your life in order to overcome your current problems and achieve a more long-term satisfaction, then you are ready to seek therapy. We can help you deal with a wide range of therapy issues that might be troubling you.

Will Information About Me Be Safe & Secure?

It is not unusual for some people to be hesitant when it comes to sharing private and intimate information about themselves when it comes to talking with a stranger. You may fear that you might receive judgment from the therapist, or that your  therapist is going to share their details with others.

HQ Therapy Rooms takes your privacy and confidentiality very seriously, our therapists are required to maintain complete confidentiality about everything said in therapy sessions between both of you, exactly like your doctor is required to keep your records private.

For therapy to work well and be 100% effective, there has to be unconditional trust built between the client and their therapist. This applies to the outside world as well, it is standard practice that therapists will make an effort not to acknowledge their clients if they run into them outside of the therapy rooms in order to help protect their client’s confidentiality.

Can I Contact You For Advice About Getting Therapy?

Talking about your thoughts and feelings with a supportive therapist can often make you feel better and help you face your problems. It can be very healing because it feels good to be listened to and to know that someone else cares about you and wants to help. It is important you find a therapist with who you feel comfortable and can build a trusting relationship with to help you through dealing with your problems.

But how do you know what is the right type of therapy you specifically need? Taking the first steps to find the right therapist can be the biggest hurdle for newcomers, so we have made it easy. Simply fill out the form below in confidence and one of our fully qualified referral therapists can work with you to make sure you connect with the right practitioner and receive the correct therapy and counselling services you require.

Our practitioners deal with a wide range of therapy issues using different therapy modalities for the clients we work with. We also cater for people with financial difficulties ranging from low-cost therapy, reduced rate therapy, to working with seasoned qualified and accredited talking therapists.