Counselling is a “relational” process that takes place between a therapist and a person seeking to change the way that they feel.
Being self-aware and having the capability to think and feel emotions with clarity and understanding is part and parcel of being human.
Unlike animals, our thought processes rely on far more than instinct alone.
Because of this, there is scope for the way we think to become a problem and to affect our emotions.
If we go back a few hundred years we can see that mental health problems were approached with fear and unnecessarily invasive treatments, some of which caused more problems than the original problem itself!
Thanks to the evolution of science and technology we now have a clearer understanding of the human brain and are able to look at these issues in a different way.
Today, the art of talking therapies such as counselling are used to help people come to terms with any problems they are facing, with an ultimate aim of overcoming them.
Counselling falls under the umbrella term ‘talking therapy’ and allows people to discuss their problems and any difficult feelings they encounter in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental environment.
The term can mean different things to different people, but in general it is a process people seek when they want to change something in their lives or simply explore their thoughts and feelings in more depth.
What can counselling help with?
Counselling can be useful for anyone who wants to explore the way they’re thinking (such as limiting beliefs) or feeling further, as well as anyone experiencing a problem or issue they are keen to resolve.
People may choose to speak to a counsellor because they feel they cannot speak to others about such personal issues, or they may simply wish to speak to a professional with an objective (psychological) viewpoint.
View the types of problems helped with counselling and mental health therapies here.
How can counselling help?
The way counselling can help will depend on the person receiving the treatment. For many, the fact that counselling offers a safe and confidential environment to speak in is all it takes.
In life, what we say to others can sometimes have a knock-on effect, altering relationships and the way people see each other. Counselling eliminates this problem and offers you the space and freedom to explore your own thoughts with an unbiased party with whom you have no other form of relationship other than a professional one.
While counsellors may not give you concrete advice or a checklist of things to do to feel better, what they will do is help you uncover your own insight and understanding of your problems providing you with the tools which will help you to resolve them on your own.
All of the counselling approaches used at Tranceform are solutions focused meaning that we try to help you develop better coping skills or re-construct the problem at a more fundamental level.
In the majority of cases, a single session will not be enough to help overcome any issues you’re facing. Counselling is a journey, and it takes time and consistency to work effectively. Because of this, many people opt for regular counselling sessions to make the most of the process.
Counselling can help you understand yourself better and the way you think, which will ultimately help you develop a clearer understanding of your problems. The more armed with information you are, the easier it gradually becomes to navigate your way through any difficulties you are facing so that eventually you can come out the other side feeling more positive or resolved.
Counselling can also help you understand other people’s points of view better, which can shed light onto the way you interpret words or actions and how we all create different meanings from our experiences.
Types of Counselling Therapy
We generally offer talking therapies at Tranceform.
When it comes to counselling there are a range of different approaches, or therapies that can be used. The type of therapy used will depend on your counsellor’s preferences, the issues you are facing and what type of person you are. Most counsellors won’t decide on a therapy type until they have found out more about you and the way you think.
The principal idea behind behavioural therapy is that our behaviour is learnt and can essentially be un-learnt. This leads behavioural therapy to focus more on the present as opposed to looking back to the past. This type of therapy is therefore best used with those looking to change their behaviour – for example sufferers of addiction or those with phobias.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT looks to combine both cognitive therapy and behavioural therapy in order to tackle the thought process and the resulting behaviour. Focusing on the present, CBT is a practical therapy that aims to break down problems into smaller, more manageable issues. This therapy is especially useful for those with more specific problems as it addresses each emotion separately.
Read more about Tranceformental CBT here.
Psychoanalysis – Psychodynamic Therapy
One of the oldest therapies used in psychology, it was Freud who founded the psychoanalytic technique. The therapy takes a different approach to behavioural and cognitive therapies as it perceives our thoughts and emotions to be out of our conscious control. Instead, psychoanalysis believes any psychological issues stem from childhood and need to be addressed in order to be resolved.
Read more about psychoanalysis here.
What to expect from counselling
If you have decided to try counselling, you might be feeling anxious about your first session. Making the decision to get help and address the issues you are facing is an important first step and should be commended.
Knowing what to expect from a counselling session should help you feel more prepared and less nervous about your first appointment so we offer all prospective clients a free initial consultation prior to commencement – see below.
In your first session it is likely that your counsellor will ask you some questions in order to gain an understanding of what’s worrying you and the way your thought processes work.
All of the information obtained here will be used to help you in future sessions and will be treated with the strictest confidence.
All counselling therapies require an effective working relationship to be formed between the client and the therapist and some schools of thought consider this ‘alliance’ to be one the key factors in bringing about change in the way the client feels about their problems and experiences.
It is also important to be aware that counselling is NOT magic and cannot MAKE you change without you own hard work and determination to overcome your worries, but research does show clearly that the work the client puts into their sessions is likely to pay dividends.
How Much Do Counselling Sessions Cost?
Session prices vary from counsellor to counsellor with prices ranging from £40 per hour up to £300 per hour with costs being dependent on a wide range of factors such as the level of qualifications and experience a counsellor may have, the costs associated with running a counselling business such as licences, building rentals and so on.
Tranceform offer a range of pricing options including purchasing blocks of sessions where the overall hourly rate is lower the more sessions you buy.
You can view these, or make purchases, in the table below.
A single session of counselling costs £90 which you can purchase in our shop by clicking on this image.
A 5 session block of counselling costs £425 which you can purchase in our shop by clicking on this image.
A 10 session block of counselling costs £795 which you can purchase in our shop by clicking on this image.
Free Initial Consultations for Counselling
The consultation is free and lasts around 50 minutes.
During this consultation we will discuss the various types of psychological therapy that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
Initial consultations are also available as part of our online counselling service.
At Tranceform Psychology we emphasise the importance of the therapy relationship in helping people to bring about effective change, so its important to be able to ‘meet’ to discuss our change programmes BEFORE proceeding.
Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking mental health work with us, including both the financial and personal implications.