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For Open Counselling working in a Humanistic/Person-Centred’ way is the philosophy and foundation underpinning all client work it is fundamentally about respect, understanding and openness and a belief that given the right therapeutic relationship and environment, all clients can be empowered and find their potential and ‘wholeness’.

It is about working in partnership and at a pace appropriate for the client.

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Open Counselling is a highly respected and busy counselling Agency in Hertfordshire. We provide affordable person-centred / integrative counselling and psychotherapy for those people in need from Watford / St Albans and its surrounding areas.

We abide by the Code and Ethics of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Open Counselling is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 9.00pm. Alternatively there is a 24 hour answering machine and we will call you back as soon as possible.

Whatever is worrying you or affecting your life, please feel to call us and have an initial conversation with our Director. Our qualified and experienced counsellors are here to help you.

The Open Counselling Approach

Counselling provides a safe, confidential and supportive environment for clients to work through their pain, confusion, or difficulties whether these be short term or longer term. It is about finding meaningful alternatives to present unsatisfactory ways of thinking, feeling and behaviour that are holding you back or causing you distress. It is about finding our own ‘inner gold’ our precious inner resources that can become mislaid or buried when we have had difficult past experiences or are going through a traumatic period.

An Integrative Approach:

Open Counselling uses a predominantly ‘Person Centred / Humanistic approach, with the incorporation of other key modalities. This approach to counselling is described as ‘Integrative’. That means that we are able to draw on and use a wide range of relevant theories and techniques within a structured model of counselling. The main theoretical approaches we work with are:

  • Humanistic/Person-Centred
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and
  • Psychodynamic.

Within these areas there are a range of techniques and schools of thought that can be utilised and applied as appropriate. Every client story will be unique and no two therapy programmes will be the same.

Cognitive Behavioural work (often termed CBT) typically looks to better understand the origins of our negative thinking patterns and offer more positive alternatives that will improve our emotional well-being and behaviour.

In simple terms, Psychodynamic therapy looks to understand the influence and impact of our past experiences on the present. Some clients find looking at, understanding and healing their past invaluable, whereas for other clients it is more appropriate or preferable to work in the present.

Open Counselling are happy to work with clients in the way that they feel most comfortable with.

Our counsellors always adapt the counselling and therapeutic techniques to the client’s needs rather than fitting the client to an ‘off the shelf’ approach. We rely on our past experiences and powerful intuition when working with clients.

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