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20 Jul 2011

Characterological diagnosis: labelling or liberating?

Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapists can get very squeamish about the use of diagnosis in psychotherapy. Diagnosing characterological or personality types is seen as a step too far towards the medical model: clients are pathologised in the diagnosis and subsequently treated as if they have a psychological flaw that requires ‘fixing’ or ‘curing’. We tend to believe that diagnosis treats people as if they had something wrong with them when in fact we are all just imperfect creatures doing our best given the hand we have been dealt.

I’d like to offer a different view of diagnosis: one that equally rejects the paradigm of pathology but that rehabilitates the use of diagnosis as a tool for empowerment for both therapist and client.

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01 Jun 2011

Individual, relationship and couples counselling in Skipton, North Yorkshire

Is your relationship going through a rough patch or are you simply stuck in a rut?

I am an experienced couples counsellor and have worked with many, many couples over the past twelve years helping them to stay together and move into a new phase of their relationship or, sometimes, helping them to separate in a healthy way.

Coming to couples counselling can feel like a daunting experience. What you need to know is that you are in safe hands with an experienced therapist who can give you the guidance you need to move your relationship into new territory.

Many couples leave it too late to come to therapy. Your relationship doesn’t need to be in a cul-de-sac before you take the leap. If you are reading this then the chances are you are already contemplating getting help in moving your relationship forward. Something to bear in mind is that most couples don’t regret making this move although they often regret not having taken it sooner.

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01 Jun 2011

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in Skipton, North Yorkshire

These days when people call me to inquire about counselling or psychotherapy I find I am increasingly being asked whether or not I also practice CBT or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Usually this is because they have been advised by their GP or another health professional that CBT is the most efficient therapy for dealing with anxiety or depression.

CBT is a style of therapy which helps us to make subtle adjustments to our thought patterns, our behaviour patterns and subsequently to the way we feel about ourselves and our lives. It works on the theory that all of our relationships and engagements with the world are based on sets of beliefs and thought patterns that dictate how we behave towards others and also towards ourselves. If we can understand and change at least some of our negative belief systems then our lives will become more fulfilling and less stressful.

Transactional Analysis has a lovely model for working with these beliefs and patterns of behaviour: we call it our Life Script. In TA we believe that coming to understand our own Life Script is a fundamental part of changing our experience of the world.

Many people come to find that working with their Life Script is an enjoyable and stimulating experience and that the changes they are looking for come along automatically as part of the journey. So whilst I wouldn’t categorise Transactional Analysis as purely a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy it can certainly be used to achieve the same goals.

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