About Counselling

Trudi Dargan (MBACP)    Tel: 01822 833601
Integrative Counsellor and Supervisor

Counselling in Gunnislake & Tavistock

Change, choice, disruption and loss in our lives can leave us feeling distraught, alone or directionless and in need of extra support. Experience of trauma, violence, neglect or abuse also has distressing consequences if left unresolved.

The non-judgemental, impartial and confidential nature of counselling and the qualities of the counsellor make the counselling relationship unique.

"In the intensity of the emotional turbulence itself lies the value, the energy....to remedy the problem" - Jung

The privacy of the counselling room provides you with a safe place to speak openly and to reflect upon your situation. You gain greater self-awareness and insight into your thoughts, feelings, behaviours and relationships. This deeper understanding enables you to make life choices or changes that enhance your emotional and psychological well being.

Counselling can help with many personal and relational experiences, including:

Counselling Approaches

As an integrative practitioner I am able to draw upon several approaches, including those listed below. The basis of my approach is person-centred and existential. My Counselling Credentials

Transactional Analysis – the focus here is on how we communicate with others.  TA uses a model of personality based on three so called Ego states of Parent, Adult and Child.  This approach is particularly useful for seeing and understanding how our developmental experiences influence our behaviour, thoughts and feelings.

Gestalt – the emphasis here is on working with what is happening in the present, both in the counselling room and in a person’s current situation.  The emphasis is on contact with the self, and with others and on blocked needs.  There is less emphasis on past experience.  Gestalt work often involves useful behavioural experiments.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – the central proposition of CBT is that how we think, perceive and imagine (our cognitive processes) affect our emotions, behaviour and physical being.  The work involves discovering and altering our faulty habits of thinking to enhance our well being.   There is an emphasis on taking action.

Psychodynamic – this approach focuses on bringing unconscious thoughts and feelings into awareness. It is past- oriented which is often vital in longer term work. You gain a greater insight into how your past experience may be impacting on your life and relationships today.

Creative - there is a place for creative responses in all therapeutic approaches. I like to invent new creative approaches for individual clients and also draw upon a range of useful interventions such as sandtray, life-span charts, drawing, miniatures and symbols.

Psychotherapy is similar to counselling and many practitioners see the two as inter-changeable. Psychotherapy is considered to be appropriate for more complex behavioural, psychological and emotional problems, yet many counsellors have the skills and expertise to work competently and compassionately with the same issues.

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