Our relationship with you
Increasing research indicates that it is the actual relationship between therapist and client that acts as the main vehicle for change. Working relationally, we believe in creating a warm and safe healing space for you. We also encourage communication about our relationship - if there is anything that is not working for you then we can discuss that openly and see how best to move forward.
The initial meeting
This is an informal session that gives you the opportunity to discuss your reasons for coming and to discuss how therapy might be able to help. We will ask questions about your past experiences and present difficulties at a pace that feels right for you. It is important that you don’t feel rushed and that the therapy happens in your own time; you only share as much as you feel comfortable.
This session helps to begin to build a fuller picture of you in context of your presenting issue. It will also be an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have and assess how you feel about potentially working together. Counselling is a dual process and it is therefore important that you feel comfortable with your therapist and that we are both happy to work together.
“Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness” Carl Jung
Our counselling style
The therapists at mb therapy are fully qualified “integrative-relational” psychotherapeutic counsellors.
This means that rather than subscribing to just one method of counselling, we combine aspects from different schools of thought. We draw upon the psychodynamic theories such as those proposed by Freud, Jung and Bowlby and the humanistic philosophies and methods of Carl Rogers and Fritz Perls.
This method allows the unique blend of theories to work appropriately with a range of different clients, believing that one theory or school of thought cannot reach each and every client.
We believe that our past influences our present and by exploring the past we can often start to understand our present day struggles in a new light. Identifying patterns and habits and exploring the reasons they were formed can be a further illuminating experience, which can be helpful as we try to unhook from the past.
The counselling term
We work both long and short term and how long we work together very much depends on the client. We usually suggest that we initially contract for six sessions and then review to see how you would like to continue. Six sessions is a good amount of time for our therapeutic relationship to build and for you to get a sense of what you would like.
Our code of conduct
Each therapist at mb therapy is a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and therefore abides by its code of ethics and good practice. A copy of these principles can be found on the BACP website.
Please feel free to contact us in complete confidence to either arrange an initial consultation or to ask any questions.