Psychotherapy CBT or Jungian Therapy?
How to choose what’s right for you?
Evidence shows that many styles of therapy work well, although cognitive behavioural therapy is very fashionable currently.
I tend to work intuitively- by getting to know you and your story, along with your goals; finding the most creative and reflective way forward, using tools that suit you.
This process may open the door to better emotional management and regulation, and new patterns and pathways of thinking and experiencing.
Our thought patterns can affect our physical health as well as behaviours.
Sharing with another person outside of your situation can have a healing affect.
Here is some info about the different therapy styles that I have training in, and use in my work.
If you feel you would benefit from more in depth counselling; then I can offer Psychodynamic therapy.
I work within a pluralistic model incorporating developmental and archetypal Jungian methods in a psychodynamic framework, sometimes incorporating meditation skills & healing if required, with active imagination and dream work.
We will always be working at the clients pace, in a face to face, client led exchange. Sometimes self development and homework projects might be suggested including; inner work and reading.
This approach is further informed by understanding of unconscious processes including transference, counter-transference, defences, projections and introjections together with individual work on dreams from the Jungian perspective.
It also includes some opportunities for self-realisation and personal development where indicated.
These elements of theory and practice are set within a holistic view of the person which acknowledges a potential integration and healing of body, mind, spirit and feeling as innate to each individual. The approach also includes client support and pastoral care where appropriate. "
Beverley Martin, S.O.P.H.
I’ve only got a couple of issues right now?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy & Mindfulness.
If you would prefer a shorter course of therapy with a particular problem in mind, Cognitive Behavioural therapy, which is co-operative, precise and goal orientated might be appropriate.
This can be available in short courses to make specific changes targeted according to the individual clients needs.
We will be working towards solutions for specific issues that are affecting your life today, using negative automatic thought charts, targets, homework and information.
The therapy requires a belief that changing your thinking, will lead to healthier emotions and behaviour, creating improved self esteem and relief of symptoms.
One important aspect of self-acceptance is the ability and willingness to let others see one’s true self. Living mindfully entails living daily life without pretence and without concern that others are judging one negatively.
The person who lives mindfully is fully ‘‘in the moment’’ and is not worried about how he or she is coming across to others.
Mindful individuals are truly authentic in that they are fully engaged with the environment and are busy noticing novel aspects of the situation, rather than devoting attentional resources toward winning the approval of others or toward bolstering fragile self-esteem.
Shelley H. Carson. Ellen J. Langer. Harvard University, USA
Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, Vol. 24, No. 1, Spring 2006 (_ 2006)
DOI: 10.1007/s10942-006-0022-5 Published Online: June 20, 2006
Exploring dream work & inner myths.
Wanting to explore your own myths and archetypes through dream amplification, within the context of your life story? Then the Jungian methods may suit you.
The journey of self-exploration which can broaden and enrich your personality while creating balance is achieved through transpersonal work.
This work can be combined with other psychodynamic methods to make a therapeutic exchange which meets your needs and is client led. Interpretation is only valid when you feel it is true.
Intensely personal dream work can bring forward its own solution to life’s issues, which are unique to each individual.
C.G. Jung believed that we contain within us a regulating self that manifests in dreams.
By exploring the symbols in our dreams we gain refreshing insight and clarity into the symbolic mysteries alive in ourselves. Characters that populate dreams represent aspects of your own nature. Harnessing the energies of dreams brings new energy and vitality to life.
Jung states ‘a dream is a theatre in which the dreamer is himself the scene, the player, the prompter, the producer, the author, the public and the critic’.
(Jung, C.G., General Aspects of Dream Psychology, 1948, in ‘The Structure and Dynamics of the Psyche’, CW volume 8, Routledge, Great Britain, 2002, page 266).