My integrative approach


Integrative therapy offers the best of both worlds by using aspects of therapies to provide different solutions for every unique person, context, and problem.

Integrative therapy follows the belief that because every single one of us is unique, no single approach holds all the answers to our problems. Instead, people can self-determine the path their life takes – and be responsible for their actions. The benefits include:


  • Personalised: I combine different techniques to treat each individual’s unique issues.
  • Flexible: Due to the extensive range of techniques used, the therapy is open to being altered to fit you.
  • Inclusive: Therapy encourages healing in a safe setting, providing a therapeutic ritual, focusing on therapeutic relationships, explanation, reinforcement, desensitisation, information sharing, your expectation and therapist empathy.
  • Focus on the whole of the individual: many therapies do not consider all aspects causing your issues, whereas integrative uses various techniques to explore all parts of you - mind, body, brain, unconscious, and conscious.

Therapies

Person-Centred Therapy

Person-centred therapy, also known as person-centred or client-centred counselling, is a humanistic approach that deals with how you perceive yourself consciously rather than how a counsellor can interpret your unconscious thoughts or ideas. The person-centred approach ultimately sees human beings as having an innate tendency to develop towards their full potential. However, this ability can become blocked or distorted by specific life experiences, particularly those experiences which affect our sense of value.

In this approach, I work to understand your experience from your perspective. I positively value you in all aspects of your humanity and help you feel accepted and better understand your feelings. It allows you to reconnect with your inner values and sense of self-worth, thus enabling you to find your way to progress.

The core purpose of person-centred therapy is to facilitate our ability to self-actualise - the belief that all of us will grow and fulfil our potential. As your therapist, I aid this process, providing vital support so that you can make your way through this journey.

Gestalt Therapy

Gestalt therapy is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on your present life rather than delving into your past experiences. This form of therapy stresses the importance of understanding the context of your life when considering the challenges you face. It also involves taking responsibility rather than placing blame.

In Gestalt therapy, you can safely explore your experiences without fear of judgement. You're encouraged not simply to talk about your emotions or experiences but to bring them into the room to be processed in real time with me. The goal of Gestalt therapy is for you to collaborate to increase personal awareness and actively challenge the roadblocks that have been getting in the way of healing.

Transactional Analysis

Transactional therapy works on the theory that each person has three ego-states: parent, adult and child. These are used along with other critical transactional analysis concepts, tools and models to analyse how individuals communicate and to identify what interaction is needed for a better outcome.

Throughout TA therapy, I work directly on problem-solving behaviours while helping you develop day-to-day tools for finding constructive, creative solutions. The ultimate goal is to ensure you regain absolute autonomy over your life - this autonomy is the recovery of three vital human capacities - spontaneity, awareness and intimacy.

Transactional analysis is a talking therapy, and sessions work to explore your personality and how this has been shaped by experience - particularly those stemming from childhood through skilful questioning and utilising various models, techniques and tools.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is based on the concept that our thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are all interconnected and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap us in vicious cycles of depression, anxiety or OCD. CBT therapists teach you how to improve your negative patterns, which improves how you feel, and CBT uses a wide range of techniques to change negative thinking patterns.

CBT emphasises helping you learn to be your own therapist. Through exercises in the session as well as "homework" exercises outside of sessions, you are helped to develop coping skills, where you learn to change your thinking, problematic emotions, and behaviour with an emphasis on what is going on in your current life, rather than what has led up to your difficulties. A certain amount of information about your history is needed, but the focus is primarily on moving forward in time to develop more effective ways of coping with life.

Contact me

To book an appointment, please call me on 07368 458050 or email

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