Person-Centred Experiential Counselling for Depression (PCE-CfD) was developed to help people experiencing low mood and depression. PCE-CfD is an evidence–based therapy that uses an approach focused on you and your emotions. The PCE-CfD approach sees depression as a response to emotional difficulties. You are able to explore these difficulties with your counsellor in a non-judgmental environment, which is not always possible when talking to family and friends.
What to expect from this method of counselling
PCE-CfD aims to establish a trusting and non-judgemental relationship. We want you to feel comfortable in exploring how you feel. Your counsellor sees you as the expert of you and respects that you are the one that knows what a good outcome is for you.
Your counsellor will aim to understand your situation and feelings from your point of view.
By exploring these feelings in a safe space you can begin to develop new ways of looking at and experiencing them. This can then positively impact how you see yourself and the world around you.
PCE-CfD focuses on the potential growth in a person rather than the removal of symptoms. The growth that is developed during the sessions can then lead to a reduction in the symptoms of depression.
PCE-CfD offers a safe and confidential space for you to unpack your underlying feelings and to make sense of them.
What will I be doing during sessions?
Imagine a box filled with all of your thoughts and feelings, that box may be very full by the time you get to your first appointment.
The prospect of opening that box might feel quite scary and that is perfectly normal. Things may have already started spilling out of the box. Your counsellor is there to help you take things out of the box in a safe and manageable way, but you are the one that decides what you want to take out of the box. If it all seems too much, or you are unsure of what to take out, your counsellor is there to support you. Some things from the box may go back in and they may feel smaller or lighter. You might find that some of the things are no longer needed in the box. During your work together the box will become less full and less scary to look in.
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