Exploratory Goal-Corrected Psychotherapy (EGCP)

What a mouthful!  And yet behind the long complicated title is a really useful and exciting way of exploring the areas of your life that can make a positive difference to how you feel, think and act. 

This theory and way of working have been developed by Dr Una McCluskey and her colleagues, who have identified 7 instinctive biological systems in human adults that work together to support our wellbeing.  In other words, these systems help us feel good about ourselves, form healthy relationships, and live our lives the way we choose. 

The 7 systems are:
  1. Care seeking - how we ask for support and how we decide who to ask
  2. Care giving - who we look after and whether the balance of care giving and care seeking in our life is about right
  3. Interest sharing - what interests we have, and who we share them with
  4. Sexuality - how we express the sexual part of ourselves
  5. Self defence - how we look after ourselves when we feel threatened, and whether the ways we choose help us or harm us
  6. The internal environment - "what goes on inside us" in terms of what we think of ourselves and the world
  7. The external environment - how we shape and enjoy the home, garden, office etc that we spend a lot of time in
Since I trained in EGCP with Una in 2016-17, I tend to use elements of EGCP with all my clients and supervisees.  However, if you are especially interested in working in this way, we can arrange for a block of 9 sessions.  After an introductory session we will spend one session exploring each of these 7 systems in turn and how well they function in your own life, and identify where you might like to make some changes.  A final session will enable us to review and summarise our work.

A longer description of the 7 systems and how they might be explored in counselling can be found in this article by two of my colleagues.  Information about Una and her events and academic research can be found here.