BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling MBACP

The Way Karin Works

Counselling model
I work within the humanistic model of counselling. The foundations of the humanistic approach provide the client with a deeper understanding of who they are, what they think and feel and the opportunity to explore the possibility of creating personal choices. It encourages self-awareness and self-realisation. In humanistic counselling the relationship between the counsellor and the client lies at the heart of its effectiveness.
For information on the principles of Humanistic counselling you can follow the link and visit the UK Association of Humanistic Psychology Practioners (UKAHPP) web site: Humanistic Counselling Core Beliefs.
There are a number of approaches that I use within the Humanistic model of counselling, which approach will depend on what is most effective for you. These include:

ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy)
I have particular interest and experience of working with Acceptance Commitment Therapy, pronounced ACT (as in the word, not the initials) ACT offers a very effective, evidence based and practical approach to help you move your life in the direction towards your values and all that is important to you. The language we use has a huge impact on how our minds perceive and process situations and this means that our thoughts can cause us all sorts of problems. In ACT we learn to see thoughts as just thoughts through various experiential exercises, you can become much freer to get on with life, rather than being caught up in thinking.

This is different from CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) in that we are not going to try to change your thoughts, but rather, change how you relate to them. ACT is about acceptance; we don’t have to like something to accept it; by being willing to learn how to allow space for uncomfortable and unpleasant feelings to come and go we can engage with and get on with our life.

I undertake ongoing training and counselling supervision in ACT

For more information see: ACT articles and papers

Mindfulness is a key component of ACT and is a practice where we deliberately focus on our present moment experience. By doing this we start to discover how busy our minds have been and how they often run on a sort of autopilot, mindlessly. By slowing down and being present we learn to turn off the autopilot and make more conscious decisions about what we think and do. We can’t stop our thoughts and empty our minds, but we can be less dominated by them. For a useful link see:  The Science behind Mindfulness

‘You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf’ Jon Kabat Zinn

Mindfulness is the defused, non-attached, accepting, non-judgmental, deliberate awareness of experiential events as they happen in the moment. Stephen Hayes, 2005, ‘Get of your Mind and into Your Life’

CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
This can be an effective approach to therapy which I also work in if this model of suits you better. It is a little different to ACT and is ‘is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. It is most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems. CBT cannot remove your problems, but it can help you deal with them in a more positive way. It is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle. CBT aims to help you crack this cycle by breaking down overwhelming problems into smaller parts and showing you how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel. Unlike some other talking treatments, CBT deals with your current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past. It looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis’. – NHS Choices

NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming)

NLP is a method of influencing brain behaviour (the “neuro” part of the phrase) through the use of language (the “linguistic” part) and other types of communication to enable a person to “recode” the way the brain responds to stimuli (that’s the “programming”) and manifest new and more effective behaviours.

Creative Therapies
Counselling is often referred to as a “Talking Therapy”. However, sometimes words are not enough. When this happens working with pictures, images and stones can enable us to connect with our thoughts and feelings. I have a particular interst in working with metaphors.