- Posted on 10 Jun 2011 at 14:27pm.

Offer one to one therapy AND group therapy AND....

‘THEMED EXPLORATION GROUPS’ which allow us to walk; traipse; hike; ramble through our stories within a safe, shared and focused context of our lives today.
Themed exploration is an open opportunity for shared learning and reflection within the safe boundaries of a therapist (MBACP) facilitated group.
Being part of a committed and focused group is a special life experience; one unique to each person in that moment, within that group of people. We are able to learn facts; learn about each other and through others we can begin to understand and believe just how much each of us has to offer.
Such groups are a shared community which comes together in the here and now, to provide context to the essence of  our narratives and serve as a ‘standing stone’ to move forward from.
A traipse; a walkabout; a ramble; a hike:  what pace feels ok for you?

Planned groups for 2011 / 2012 are:

  • Does alcohol really shore up our lives? A Woman’s perspective
  • How much do we know about our ‘addiction’?
  • Where am I now? Sharing the changes that ‘land’ on each of us and seeking steps onward together

All sessions are weekly; small closed groups and at the Chilmark base: SP3 5AF. Parking is freely available on site.Please feel free to contact EGray.Counselling direct on 07854 990 590 / to discuss any issue including being part of pre arranged group sessions.

TA is what?

- Posted on 10 Jun 2011 at 14:25pm.

"Transactional Analysis was founded by Dr. Eric Berne – an innovative and creative thinker who brought together some of the most effective ideas in psychotherapy (analytic, cognitive, behavioural, phenomenological) into a powerful body of theory and practice.

"As well as providing a theory of personality, transactional analysis offers a range of models that can be used to explain communication and relationships. These models can help identify what goes wrong in communication and how to interact for a better outcome.

The therapeutic applications of TA focus on providing opportunity for individuals to change repetitive patterns. These patterns, the result of early childhood decisions which in TA are referred to as ‘script’ limit an individual’s potential.

TA focuses on how script manifests itself in day-to-day life and how we can move beyond it to improve the quality of our lives. Used with individuals, couples and groups, TA is effective with a wide range of therapeutic issues. Unique in the depth of its theory, this process allows for the individuality of both therapist and client.

TA is also beneficial in settings such as organisational training and consultancy, parenting, education, personal development and coaching. Many TA concepts are simple to learn and apply, making them very accessible and effective.

'What Am I Getting Myself Into?'

- Posted on 10 Jun 2011 at 14:25pm.

This is the title William F. Cornell gives to a paper he wrote in the ‘Transactional Analysis Journal’ in response to a client’s insightful and brave question. (Cornell, 2003).

As an Independent practitioner launching a business: ‘Professionally registered, qualified and experienced counselling therapy service, working as an integral part of local South West business community’, ‘What Am I Getting Myself Into ?’ gives a very good starting point.

Cornell illustrates the process of transactional analysis psychotherapy through telling the story of his client’s journey in the therapy room. He tells us how it was for her and him as the therapist to be in this relationship. He underlines how crucial it is that we talk with the therapist about what we both know and believe about how people change. This initial open ‘transaction’ lays the foundation for the work that you will do together.

“Psychotherapy is a hard and exciting endeavour. It is work, rewarding work. Transaction analysis psychotherapy is a collaborative effort.”

 “You and your therapist will have a working relationship, one that may be gentle and supportive at times but challenging, conflictual, and even disorganising at others. Your therapist’s primary job is to provide you with a respectful and reliable space within which the two of you (or perhaps a group of you) can reflect explore, and experiment with feelings, beliefs and interpersonal behaviour. Things that you may have taken for granted about yourself, life and others will be opened to question. You will have the opportunity to examine how you relate to yourself internally and with others interpersonally. You will work with your present day relationships, on one hand, and look at the lingering influences of childhood relationships on the formation of your beliefs, feelings, and behaviour on the other. Your willingness to question be questioned, reflect, challenge your beliefs, and experiment with new possibilities is at the heart of your job as a client.”
  (Cornell, 2003)
Cornell. W. F. (2003) Transactional Analysis Journal Vol. 33, No. 1, 4 – 14.

'Don’t ignore the elephant in the room!'

- Posted on 10 Jun 2011 at 14:25pm.

“One in six workers is experiencing depression, anxiety or stress.”

‘Start your conversation today’. Time to Change is England's biggest ever attempt to end the stigma and discrimination that faces people with mental health problems.

Mind and Rethink have joined together in this campaign to change attitudes, and behaviour too. One in four of us will experience a mental health problem in our lifetime, so being able to talk about mental health is something that’s important for us all.

Talking about mental health helps tackle discrimination

Often the fact that it’s difficult to talk about mental health problems can be one of the hardest parts of having a mental illness. It can lead to the loss of friendships, feeling isolated, not seeking help and slower recovery. It doesn’t have to be this way. Talking about mental health can strengthen friendships, aid recovery, break down stereotypes and take the taboo out of something that affects us all.

Whether it’s fear or awkwardness about talking to someone we know about their mental health problem – or talking about our own mental health problem, reluctance to talk about mental health doesn’t help anyone. We want to get people talking about mental health. So find tips here to start your conversation and help end mental health prejudice.

Talk to someone about their mental health problem

Tell someone about your mental health problem

People’s experiences talking about mental health

Conversation starters, stigma stoppers

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