My name is Karen Butler. I am a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor and Supervisor (BACP is the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy). I am also a registered practitioner with the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR).
I have Diplomas in Counselling, Integrative Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy, and Casework Supervision.
I strictly adhere to the BACP Code of Ethics, and have appropriate professional indemnity insurance.
My approach is a combination of “humanistic psychotherapy” and “integrative counselling” - the BACP definitions of which are below.
Therapy Inspired was founded in 2005 by Aisha Staveley and me. Aisha re-located to Turkey in 2016 and I now deal with everything relating to Therapy Inspired in the UK.
Its techniques coming from the "personal growth movement" and encourages people to explore their feelings and take responsibility for their thoughts and actions. Emphasis is on self-development and achieving highest potential rather than dysfunctional behaviour. "Client-centred" or "non-directive" approach is often used and the therapy can be described as "holistic". The client's creative instincts may be used to explore and resolve personal issues.
Several distinct models of counselling and psychotherapy are used together in a converging way rather than in separate pieces.
We use a number of theoretical approaches to tailor an appropriate programme of therapy to suit each individual client.
The client gains self awareness by analysing behaviour and body language and giving expression to repressed feelings. Treatment often includes acting out scenarios and dream recall.
This model is based on the belief that everyone has a child,adult, and parent- self within them and, within each social interaction, one self predominates. By recognising these roles, the client can choose which one to adopt and so change behaviour. The ''inner child'' work involves resolve issues troubling the client's adult life by getting in touch with s/he earliest life conditions and experiences. This therapy helps the adult identifying why s/he has a strong emotional reaction to someone or something.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
The clients are taught ways to change thoughts and expectations and relaxation techniques are used. It has been effective for stress-related ailments, phobias, obsessions, eating disorders and major depression.
Existential model involves making sense of life through a personal world view and includes a willingness to face one's life and life problems.