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Paul's counselling roots are in humanistic and person centred therapy. The word humanistic has nothing to do with religion but takes the view that human beings are essentially positive with a natural drive towards growth health and adjustment. Often referred to as the ’actualising tendency ; it prizes autonomy and individual choice.

Carl Rogers turned counselling on its head in the 1940/50’s with his ‘non directive approach’,, where as previously, the counsellor was very much the expert. Also Rogers pioneered the idea of research into what worked, and what did not; also something new at the time.Rogers' influence has since found its way in to all other types of therapy.

Not long after this Aaron Beck started to develop a more cognitive approach which became CBT, this also had a huge influence on  therapy.

So the roots of therapy go back a long way!  Over the years Paul has become less concerned  about the names of counselling models [Psychodynamic, person centred , CBT], and more about what works for the individual, and so, will ‘integrate’ aspects from different therapy models to match the client's needs. 

 Professor Mick Cooper has conducted research on the effectiveness of counselling, and has come to the conclusion that counselling does work if professionally applied, but that it does not matter that much which model the therapist favours. There is an interesting link on youtube by Mick Cooper called ‘the facts are friendly’   this may be useful for those interested in research findings.

So for Paul counselling is about bringing change, and creating a growing awareness and understanding of who you are, which results in being able to live your life in a way that makes you more happy and fulfilled. Some times that can be about being listened to, and fully understood by an empathic other, or other times by coming to terms with destructive pattens of behaviour and reorganising them through an emotional context. All are challenging but ultimately worthwhile. All are a mix of the emotional and the cognitive. One cannot be fixed, without the other.

  "The appearance of things change according to our emotions, and thus we see the magic and beauty in them.While the magic and beauty are really in ourselves" Kahlil Gibram.


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