Counselling: At St Barnabas every effort is made to ensure you feel welcomed. Your counsellor will give you space and time to talk. You will be listened to and accepted. You will not be judged. It is our hope that you will begin to feel accompanied on this part of your life journey and less alone. You will not be pressured to go to places you are not yet ready to go to. Your counsellor will try to provide a safe place in which you can begin to examine things in depth and find your way forward.
Sometimes things can be dealt with and left behind. Sometimes it is a case of learning to live with something so that it doesn’t drag you down and stop you living freely.
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Our Counsellors: We have 25 counsellors; the majority are experienced qualified professionals, and some are trainees in their final year of training. All are carefully selected and give 4 hours of their time voluntarily which helps to keep our running costs low.
We offer person-centred therapy, integrative therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. The therapy can be both short or long term depending on which will be of most benefit.
Person-centred therapy: Person-centred therapy is based on the view that everyone has the capacity and desire for personal growth and change, given the right conditions. Rather than being seen as the expert and directing the therapy, the counsellor by providing the core conditions of empathy, acceptance and honesty creates a safe space within which you can freely express your problems, difficult emotions and feelings enabling you to explore issues, gain self-understanding and change and develop in your own way.
Integrative therapy: Integrative therapy draws on mainstream theoretical perspectives integrating knowledge and skills from different therapies. Working with you the counsellor uses insights and techniques of person-centred therapy, psychodynamic therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy to help you bring about the changes you want in your life. You will be encouraged to explore your feelings and take responsibility for thoughts and actions with an emphasis on self-development.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT): CBT aims to help you change the way you think (cognitive) and what you do (behaviour). Rather than looking at past causes, it focuses on current problems and practical solutions to help you feel better now. The counsellor will help you to identify, question and change negative or self-destructive thoughts, thus altering habitual responses and behaviour enabling you to deal with situations in a more helpful way.
The different types of therapy will be discussed during the intake session. To find out further information about the different approaches see the BACP website https://www.bacp.co.uk