Types of counselling

There are many different kinds of counselling. Some may appeal to you more than others or be particularly suited to the problem you want to work on. However, research shows that the relationship that develops with your counsellor is more important than any methods they might use.

Types of counselling we offer at Oasis-Talk include:

Person-centred counselling
In the person-centred approach, you’re in a relationship with a counsellor in which you can freely express yourself without being judged. This can help you deal with negative feelings and experiences that may have caused problems. It can also help you develop new ways of living your life and relating to others. Person-centred counsellors believe in your potential to make changes that will help you lead a more fulfilling life.
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is for clients suffering from depression. It sees depression as a response to difficulties in relationships. Generally, you’ll work with your therapist on one or two problem relationships in your life that affect how you feel about yourself and others. IPT does not delve into past experiences. Rather it attempts to help you find better ways to deal with current problems.
Counselling for Depression
Counselling for Depression is a short-term therapy for people with depression. It helps you manage your emotions by making sense of them and using them in a more beneficial way. It’s based on the person-centred approach.
Brief psychodynamic therapy
Psychodynamic therapy seeks to discover how unconscious thoughts and past experience shape current behaviour. It’s likely you’ll talk to your therapist about your childhood and relationships with parents and others – and how this impacts your day-to-day experiences now.
Integrative counselling
Integrative counselling means drawing on and blending different types of therapy. Practitioners of integrative counselling are trained in several different approaches. They do not believe that one approach will work for every client in all situations.
Cognitive behavioural therapy
Cognitive behavioural therapy, or CBT, is a one-to-one talking therapy. It can help with a range of emotional and psychological problems. CBT works on how we think about a situation and how this affects the way we act and feel. More about the CBT we offer
Post-traumatic stress counselling
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) can help resolve symptoms resulting from disturbing experiences, including trauma. EMDR taps into the brain’s information processing system to relieve the distress caused by a disturbing event. It is a proven way of helping people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Counselling for carers
For long-term carers, we can offer specialist counselling through our affiliate partner the Carers Support Centre.
Counselling for sexual abuse and rape
For survivors of sexual abuse and/or rape, we can offer specialist counselling. Sometimes, this will be through our specialist affiliate partner Kinergy. Kinergy provide a safe, accepting and supporting environment so that you can come to terms with the past and move forward with your life. Kinergy understand how sexual abuse and rape can affect all areas of people’s lives.
Counselling for abuse and addiction
For those whose lives are affected by abuse, domestic violence and drug and alcohol addiction, we can offer specialist counselling through our partners the Southmead Project.
Couples counselling
Couples counselling, also known as relationship counselling, offers a caring and supportive environment to help you find a way through any difficulties you may be facing in your relationship with your spouse or partner. We can provide couples counselling through an NHS referral where one partner is suffering from depression.