ETC is a talking therapy which aims to bring a person to a wholeness of mind, body and spirit.
It's client led, which means the client is in control of what is discussed, in what depth, and what progress is made through the therapy. It's usually long-term and seeks to identify, and resolve, the deeper emotional factors behind issues such as depression, anxiety, lack of self-confidence or self-harm. This is not a modality for those who want to be told what the answers to their problems are.
Whilst ETC is a talking therapy, it also uses various tools to help a person recognise, acknowledge and deal with repressed or suppressed emotional blocks. Emotional Therapeutic Counsellors believe that the mind, body and spirit are of equal importance, and that our emotional wellbeing is the key to a contented, fulfilling life.
Many clients have heard of - or may have tried - CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) which provides coping strategies to enable the client to function in day to day life despite their issues. It can be compared to taking paracetamol for stomach-ache. That reduces the pain and allows you to function, but doesn't actually cure the cause of your pain which could be, for example, appendicitis. ETC can be compared to having your appendix removed - it's much harder than taking paracetamol, but means the pain goes away for good.
If you recognise yourself in the following statements you may find Emotional Therapeutic Counselling of use:
I provide a safe, non-judgemental and entirely confidential environment in which I can support you in the process of personal development and growth.
Since this type of counselling seeks to work with emotions rather than the mind, it would not be suitable for those with diagnosed psychotic mental illnesses, e.g. schizophrenia, nor people who are actively using alcohol or non-prescription drugs as a coping mechanism.