How We Treat (approaches)

At No Fear Counselling we believe that no two people are alike, and therefore we do not use a one-size-fits-all approach. There is no one single ‘right’ approach to treating psychological challenges. What we do offer is a wide range of treatment options and therapeutic approaches tailored to the individual’s needs.

OEI (Observed Experiential Integration)

Observed Experiential Integration (OEI), also known as One Eye Integration is an effective therapy for people who have experienced trauma, or who have negative thoughts and beliefs to eradicate. It is one of the quicker therapies for this type of issue.

Observed Experiential Integration (OEI) has evolved out of EMDR integrates the visual pathways and both of the brain hemispheres to reduce anxiety and trauma.

During therapy, the client covers or uncovers a single eye at a time, while following the therapist’s moving fingers with their eyes. This exercise integrates the two brain hemispheres to allow information to easily travel through the sensory processors and emotional processors.

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SE (Somatic Experiencing)

This technique is a short-term naturalistic approach to healing trauma. Somatic Experiencing involves using an awareness of body sensation to help people heal their traumas, rather than relive them.

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a specific way of intentionally focusing on your thoughts, feelings and the world around you, moment by moment.

It encourages clients to be aware of each thought, so they can ‘catch’ and manage a negative thought before they become overwhelmed by a stream of negative thoughts and feelings. This can help to reduce stress and anxiety and help clients to positively change the way they see themselves and their lives.

Mindfulness-based therapists can work with individuals and groups and will usually integrate mindfulness with another therapeutic approach.

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EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)

EMDR is a form of psychotherapy developed to resolve symptoms resulting from disturbing and unresolved life experiences. It is particularly used in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

EMDR is thought to imitate the psychological state that we enter into when in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Studies show that we are able to make new associations between things very rapidly while in REM sleep. EMDR aims to tap into this high speed processing mode that we all have but usually can’t access, creating associations between distressing memories and more adaptive information in other memory networks.

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EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy)

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a collaborative, structured, usually short-term therapy approach to working with couples, families and individuals that fosters the creation of secure relationship bonds.

EFT is a change process that facilitates movement from distress to recovery by transforming negative patterns of interaction into safe emotional connection between intimate partners and family members.

Based on the science of emotions and attachment theory as well as humanistic and systemic theories, EFT has a high success rate in achieving secure, resilient relationships in couples and within families, and in helping people to flexibly manage their emotional experience.

Person Centered Therapy

Devised by Carl Rogers, this is also known as Rogerian or client-centred counselling.  It is based on 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, the counsellor offers unconditional positive regard, empathy and congruence to help the client develop and grow in their own way.

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CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

CBT combines cognitive and behavioural techniques.  It focuses on current problems, rather than past issues, and aims to change the way clients think and behave to help them deal with their problems in a more positive way. It has been effective for stress-related ailments, phobias, obsessions, eating disorders and (in combination with drug treatment) major depression.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) developed out of behaviour modification, cognitive therapy, and rational emotive behaviour therapy, and combines cognitive and behavioural techniques.

CBT is psychotherapy based on cognitions, assumptions, beliefs and behaviours, which aims to influence negative emotions relating to inaccurate appraisal of events. Therapeutic techniques vary to accommodate individual clients or issues but commonly include: keeping a diary of significant events and associated feelings, thoughts and behaviours; questioning and testing cognitions, assumptions, evaluations and beliefs that might be unhelpful and unrealistic; gradually facing activities which may have been avoided; trying out new ways of behaving and reacting. Relaxation and distraction techniques are also commonly used.

CBT is sometimes used with groups of people as well as individuals, and the techniques are often adapted for self-help manuals.

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Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)

Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT) is a form of cognitive behaviour therapy based on the theory that emotional and behavioural problems are the result of our irrational thoughts and beliefs. Therapists take an active role in helping clients to identify these thoughts and replace them with more rational and realistic assumptions and ideas.  REBT takes the view that people have two main goals in life: to stay alive and to be happy. It aims to remove the obstacles that people place in their own way, and also to achieve a healthy balance between short-term and long-term goals.

DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy)

DBT was developed from CBT. Some clients are uncomfortable with CBT’s strong focus on change and feel that their suffering is not understood, which may cause them to drop out of treatment.

DBT is based on accepting that the client’s behaviour (e.g. self-harming, drinking, etc) makes sense as it has helped them to deal with intense emotions. However, the therapist can also challenge the client to make changes in their life and to learn other ways of dealing with their distress.

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Existential Therapy

Existential psychotherapy is an approach that explores the inner conflict a client may experience when confronted with the ultimate concerns in life – the inevitability of death, freedom and its responsibilities, isolation and meaninglessness.

Existentialists believe that life has no essential (given) meaning: any meaning has to be found or created. Counsellors help clients make their own sense of the world so that they can live life and deal with life problems in their own way.

Family Therapy

This is a form of systemic therapy, used to treat a family system rather than individual members of the family.  It enables family members to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely, to understand each other’s experiences and views, appreciate each other’s needs, build on strengths and make useful changes in their relationships and their lives.

Solution Focused Therapy

This therapy promotes positive change rather than dwelling on past problems. Clients are encouraged to focus positively on what they do well, set goals and work out how to achieve them.  As few as three or four sessions may be beneficial.

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