Methods Used

“Some men see things the way they are and say why? I dream things that never were and ask why not?”
-R.F. Kennedy

Methods Used

Perspectives believes that essentially all people want to live with integrity and inner peace, the counselling process assists in identifying and responding differently to barriers which prevent this from happening.

The foundation of the work is based on Person-Centred therapy. The most critical element in the process is the quality of the relationship formed between the client and the counsellor, and how the dynamics of this relationship occur in the sessions. It enables the client to realise their own resources and self-understanding.

Other Methods Commonly Used include:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is the other most commonly used

Brainspotting is a powerful tool that works by identifying, processing and releasing core sources of emotional/body pain, trauma and a variety of other challenging symptoms.

Interactive Drawing Therapy is useful for all clients and especially those who struggle with words and expressing themselves. It helps uncover unconscious material and blocks to progress.

Imago Therapy is useful for couples and to assist individual clients to understand and improve their relationships with others.

Gestalt Therapy used for increasing client’s awareness of themselves, especially developing empowering language. Use of two chair work to explore ambivalence and also role play situations which need further awareness.

Psychodynamic principles of projection, transference and countertransference is used to deepen the work.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for increasing emotional intelligence.

Energy Psychology for releasing disrupted energy that is contained in the body.

Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy is also used for exploring how clients think, assume and believe about themselves, other people and the world.

Relevant reading material, DVD’s, tapes are recommended and sometimes loaned to clients.

Videoing sessions is encouraged to enhance client’s awareness of themselves.

Generally a wholistic approach is adopted, with referrals to:

  1. medical practitioners for assessments of medical conditions (e.g. thyroid disorders) which may interfere with progress.
  2. alternative therapeutic approaches e.g. naturopathic or homeopathic practitioners where this fits with the client’s belief system.
  3. a psychiatrist or the Emergency Psychiatric Service
  4. Holosync –audio technology that can help improve neurological functioning. ( or )

Other Methods used less frequently include:

  1. Family Therapy principles e.g. enmeshment, disengagement, overprotectiveness, rigidity, triangulation and boundary problems.
    N.L.P. concepts and methods (e.g. anchoring techniques, resolving internal conflict).
  2. Transactional Analysis. [e.g. Parent Adult Child ego states, the drama triangle and the alternatives in the Winner’s triangle (Victim = Rescuer, Assertive =Persecutor and Vulnerable = Victim) basic life positions, scripts, discounting, injunctions]
  3. Schema Therapy for addressing deep-seated beliefs and coping mechanisms
  4. Evidence based work of Scott Miller for tracking client process and progress.

Contact Details:

Office Location and Mailing Address: 61 Teesdale Street, Burnside, CHRISTCHURCH 8053

Phone Number: 03 358 4447, Text: 027 448 3760


Perspectives Counselling

Perspectives Counselling
61 Teesdale Street, Burnside, CHRISTCHURCH 8053