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With  family  problems,  because  of  all  the  mixed  emotions  around,  it  can  be difficult to see what is for  the best. Counselling  is a helpful way of coping with those feelings.

There  are  many  different  types  of  counselling,  each  with  a  slightly  different emphasis. It is worthwhile 'shopping around', and booking an initial session, to see  which  type of  counselling, and  which counsellor  suits  you  and  your  needs best.

Examples of different types of counselling, and how to find out more about them are shown below. These are just thumbnail sketches of the main points. There is a lot of overlap between different types of counselling and therapy, and a good therapeutic relationship should offer elements of all the qualities listed below:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Emphasises finding links between your feelings, ways of thinking and behaviours, and working to understand and break patterns of thinking and acting which are not helping you any more.

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Person Centred

Offers an accepting, warm, non judgemental relationship in which you can explore your situation and make changes.

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Transactional Analysis

Focuses on understanding the ways we relate to ourselves and other people. It
offers the opportunity to experiment with new ways of relating to ourselves and

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Provides a way of exploring how our past experiences and relationships may have shaped the way we experience the present. Through this understanding, it offers us the chance to act consciously and skilfully in present situations.

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Makes use of our here and now experience to gain understanding of how we are feeling and acting. It encourages us to be aware of and act according to what we really feel and need, and to free ourselves of blocks which may have come from the past.

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Offers ways of working creatively and imaginatively, with issues which arise at times of transition and upheaval in life. The transpersonal acknowledges the spiritual aspects of life and questions of meaning.

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Counselling & Psychotherapy in UK

If you are looking for a counsellor or psychotherapist, there are two umbrella organisations which keep lists of accredited members.

These organisations supervise standards for the profession as a whole. They are the BACP and the UKCP

The websites listed above under different types of counselling also provide
links to practicing therapists. Many of these therapists will be accredited
with BACP or UKCP.

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Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland

As the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, COSCA
seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through delivery of a range of sustainable services.

Family Mediation Scotland and Relate Scotland have merged to form
Relationships Scotland. The new Relationships Scotland website can be found

The new organisation will support a comprehensive and developing national network of 26 relationship and family mediation services and 23 child contact centres across Scotland. The services provided for individuals, couples and families will include:

  • Relationship Counselling
  • Family Mediation
  • Child Contact Centres including Supported and Supervised Child Contact
  • All Issues Mediation
  • Family Counselling
  • Young People's Counselling
  • Group Work with Separating Couples
  • Young People's Support Groups
  • Mediation in the Context of Homelessness
  • Sex and Relationship Therapy
  • Telephone Counselling
  • Training for Counsellors, Mediators and Supervisors

Family Mediation Scotland and Relate Scotland websites are still active as and

Relate Scotland was known as Couple Counselling Scotland until 28th June 2006 and there is still an active website at

British Association of Sexual and Relationship Therapy
Sexual and relationship Therapy. BARST is a national charity for Sexual and Relationship Therapy.

Some general resources available to refer to from Family Relationships Online. An Australian Government initiative

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