I am an integrative counsellor and as such, I adapt and incorporate various evidence based techniques used in a range of counselling and psychotherapy models and approaches to address different aspects of the client’s difficulties. This means the counselling process and strategies employed are based on the client's needs, rather than them being shoehorned into the counsellor's preferred theoretical approach.
For example, I may at some point use very similar techniques to a CBT therapist when working with anxiety or anger management, or when exploring the basis for a client's difficulty in forming adult relationships, it may be necessary to look back at the possible impact of key influences on the relationships they formed in early life.
In this form of counselling, there is a focus on achieving greater levels of self-acceptance and personal growth. The main objective would be the building of a collaborative understanding with a client, and the setting of mutually agreed goals.
Exploring a client’s experiences, positive and negative, is an essential part of the process of identifying and developing the use of their own resources. Ultimately, it is the client's responsibility to take decisions that will lead to positive change and a counsellor or psychotherapist can only support or guide them in this process.
Dealing with unhappiness, frustration or stress has to involve the element of change - if change in your circumstances is difficult or not possible, a change in how you accommodate or deal with those circumstances is always possible.
I do believe that every individual has the capacity to make changes in order to better their lives and that counselling can be instrumental in identifying the means to do so.