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How does counselling work ?

How's, why's and when's...

We all have times in our lives when we feel we are unable to cope, or things get on top of us, this is when counselling can really help, but what is the process and how does it work.

At Colchester Counselling our counsellors practice integrative counselling. We combine multiple techniques and aim to help you understand unhelpful thought processes and negative cycles of behaviour. We are here to support you through all of life's changes.


Based on the theory that previous experiences can damage self-perception, which affects attitude, emotions and the ability to deal with certain situations. We work by helping you to identify, question and change poor mental images of yourself, so altering negative responses and behaviour. It can help pessimistic or depressed people to view things from a more optimistic perspective. We encourage you to think about your feelings and take responsibility for your thoughts and actions. The emphasis is on self-development and achieving one’s highest potential. We also help you to focus on the here and now and your immediate thoughts, feelings and behaviour to better understand how you relate to others and to situations. This can help you find a new, positive perspective on your problems and bring about changes in your life. There is 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, as a counsellor we offer unconditional positive regard, empathy and congruence to help you develop and grow in your own way. And finally psychodynamic counselling stresses the importance of the unconscious and past experience in shaping current behaviour.  We aim to build an accepting and trusting relationship with you, encouraging you to talk about childhood relationships with parents and other significant people.

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Quotes from the founding fathers of person centrered and psychodynamic counselling:


"Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength"

-Sigmund Freud

"A person is a fluid process, not a fixed and static entity; a flowing river of change,not a block of solid material; a continually changing constelllation of potentialities, not a fixed quantity of traits"

-Carl R. Rogers

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