WELCOME TO SIMON USKURI COUNSELLING
The hardest step is making the call, the most rewarding step is knowing that you're in control again.
Simon has a BA HONS in Humanistic/Existential Counselling. He is a Registered BACP Accredited qualified counsellor, who’s works with a range of individuals of all ages, working with an Humanistic/Existential and Integrative approach and adhering with the BACP’s Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy ()
What is Humanistic/Existential Counselling?
Safe and non - judgemental confidential and professional environment is the space where change can occur.
The right conditions are all we need to facilitate change. Those right conditions are sometimes something that the outside world deny us. My commitment to you is offering you a space where you can be who you want to be without fear of judgment, be fully accepted for thinking and seeing the world the way you do.
In Counselling the relationship is key - that relationship is based upon equality. In our space you are able to be YOU, regardless of who you might think others see you as, or how you see yourself. In this space you are allowed to be. Having these right conditions can allow positive growth to occur. Counselling encourages you to be the person you have always know you are capable of being.
How I work is, the relationship is key. My role is not to tell you what to do, it’s not to manage you, because what is this going to do, it’s not going to aid your growth my actual role is to work with you and help you find what you are looking for. Our relationship being one of trust, respect, honesty and confidentiality, accepting each other non-judgementally and offering you empathy and understanding these conditions will encourage growth and allow you to be authentic and live in an authentic world.
This process is client led, which means you tell us where we go, you tell us where the pain is and then we work on how we manage it. I can’t offer you a quick fix, however I can offer you a recovery that heals and lasts as long as you want it too.
I believe in the process of counselling and to be an effective therapist, I have been the client myself, I’ve experienced what it’s like to be on the other side and got to experience the benefit of therapy.
APPROACHES I OFFER
Counselling clients with a humanistic approach provides them with an opportunity to explore creativity, personal growth and self-development, as well as acknowledging a variety of choices. The foundations of the humanistic approach provide the client with a deeper understanding of who they are, what they feel and the opportunity to explore the possibility of creating personal choices. It encourages self-awareness and self-realisation.
A humanistic approach provides a distinct method of counselling and focuses predominately on an individual’s unique, personal potential to explore creativity, growth, love and psychological understanding.
Person-Centered therapy uses a non-authoritative approach that allows clients to take more of a lead in discussions so that, in the process, they will discover their own solutions. The therapist acts as a compassionate facilitator, listening without judgment and acknowledging the client’s experience without moving the conversation in another direction. The therapist is there to encourage and support the client and to guide the therapeutic process without interrupting or interfering with the client’s process of self-discovery.
Anyone who would be better off gaining more self-confidence, a stronger sense of identity, and the ability to build healthy interpersonal relationships and to trust his or her own decisions could benefit from person-Centered therapy. This approach, alone or in combination with other types of therapy, can also be helpful for those who suffer from grief, depression, anxiety, stress, abuse, or other mental health conditions. Person-Centered therapists work with both individuals and groups. Since the client must do a lot of the work in person-Centered therapy, those who are more motivated are likely to be more successful.
Existential therapy focuses on free will, self-determination, and the search for meaning—often centering on you rather than on the symptom. The approach emphasizes your capacity to make rational choices and to develop to your maximum potential.
The existential approach stresses that: All people have the capacity for self-awareness. Each person has a unique identity that can be known only through relationships with others. People must continually re-create themselves because life’s meaning constantly changes. Anxiety is part of the human condition.
This cognitive approach to counselling is based on the belief that learning comes from personal experience. Counselling will focus on a client’s ability to accept behaviour, clarify problems and difficulties and understand the reasoning behind the importance of setting goals. With the help of self management training, assertive exercises and role-playing the counsellor can help a client work towards goals.
TRANSACTIONAL ANALYSIS (TA)
Based around a client’s self-development and personal growth, transactional analysis provides a connection between a client’s past and how this influence’s present decisions and choices. Transactional Analysis also acknowledges the three ego states that run through every relationship a person has with others. These are the Parent, Adult and Child ego states.
The client is encouraged to look back over past decisions they have made, and to analyse and understand the consequences and subsequent direction. This form of humanistic approach to counselling also helps clients become more in tuned with their thinking and acting skills.
EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPY
Expressive arts therapy combines psychology and the creative process to promote emotional growth and healing. This multi-arts, or intermodal, approach to psychotherapy and counselling uses our inborn desire to create—be it music, theatre, poetry, dance, or other artistic form—as a therapeutic tool to help initiate change. The difference between expressive arts therapy and art therapy is that expressive arts therapy draws from a variety of art forms, while art therapy tends to be based on one particular art form.
Expressive arts therapy is used with children and adults, as individuals or in groups, to nurture deep personal growth and transformation. For instance, expressive arts therapy for clients with behavioural issues might include music, movement, or painting. The therapist observes the clients processes, behaviour, and impulses, and then explores the experience. Journaling, storytelling, reading literature and poetry, and making life maps, videos, and memory books are all forms of expressive art therapy that can help clients review and make meaning of their lives, and to tell their life story, as well as help them engage with family and other significant people in their lives.