For some of us, accepting the negative emotions that come with life can be the best therapy.
Everyone experiences negative emotions from time to time. Some people experience them for the majority of the time. It is natural to want to ignore, fight or panic over these feelings. However, it can be useful to regard them as part of life and instead cultivate the ability to face up to these emotions and let them “wash over” you. Harley Street Therapy Clinic offers Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in London and online from trained and experiences therapists.
Counselling is a form of talking therapy, encompassing a range of methods. Counselling can offer you new ways of looking at your problems and thus open the door for you to find more effective ways of coping with them. A counsellor will not judge you and all counselling sessions are completely confidential.
Key counselling methods offered at Harley Street Clinic include:
It sums up the solution to these problems as follows, using the “ACT” acronym:
These acronyms can seem daunting at first, but your ACT therapist will help you make sense of them and put them into practice in everyday life.
An Acceptance and Commitment counsellor will help you to identify times when “FEAR” comes into play and “ACT” upon it. They will teach you to stop trying to change things which are out of your control and instead look at other solutions for improving your life which are within your control. ACT therapists use mindfulness, acceptance and commitment as core principles to help you recognise your emotions, accept them and commit to the most productive and healthy path in life possible.
If you feel you have a tendency to try and effect change in your life in counterproductive or futile ways, an ACT therapist may well be able to help you. Rather than trying to erase or cancel out negative thoughts, ACT walks you through them calmly and shows you the skills you need to face them in the future.
Facing up to negative emotions is a frightening process. As such, it takes different individuals different amounts of time to learn to do it. This means that a course of ACT therapy can be as long or as short-term as you require – there is no set period in which everyone completes it. Your ACT therapist will carefully assess your individual case on an ongoing basis.
ACT has been shown to be just as effective as popular therapies such as CBT in helping patients to make their lives more manageable and no longer be held hostage to negative emotions. Its unique structure means that those who have not found emotional peace using other therapies have the chance to try a different approach.
Whilst there is a huge amount of overlap, the key difference is that counselling focuses mainly on talking through problems, whereas psychotherapy tends towards employing specific techniques designed to help you change your behaviour patterns as well as come to terms with negative influences in your life. That is not to say that a counsellor will not provide coping strategies – rather that there is slightly more focus on doing this in a systematic way when you see a psychotherapist. Neither method is better than the other. It is a matter of personal preference and needs.
Most people require at least six weekly sessions of counselling to see any kind of improvement. Many require a lot more. It depends on the nature of the issues which you are facing. Developing a strong working relationship with your counsellor is important. Counsellors typically provide short and medium-term support, after which time you may be referred to a psychotherapist in order to conduct longer term, more scientifically based work.
Harley Street Clinic therapy practitioners provide high-quality private counselling and psychotherapy services, carefully tailored to fit clients’ needs. Our counsellors provide an invaluable therapeutic relationship and listening service first and foremost, giving you the chance to get things off your chest without judgement or the risk of your problems being shared with anyone you do not wish them to be shared with. Counselling is shown to be very effective for most people, providing they are determined to see a change in their lives and believe they can be helped.
We offer an online counselling and therapy service using Skype and Facetime. Find more information about online skype therapy
For more information call 0203 488 3901 or email us. To book a counselling appointment in London with a Harley Therapy Counsellor, please fill in the online booking form.
If you are looking for relationship counseeling please visit our couples and marriage therapy pages