I am UKCP registered: I have undergone rigorous training and am bound by an ethical and professional code of conduct.
I can help you if:
- you are bothered about issues from your past which stop you moving forward
- In a present situation you are feeling stuck and don’t know how to deal with it
- You find you keep going round and round in circles with the same pattern of events happening over and over again in your life
- There are things about yourself you don’t like or else have sense that you need to change
- Certain issues in your life are very hard to come to terms with and to accept.
It may be that you experience:
- Relationships that keep going wrong
- Sadness, anger, depression or anxiety a lot of the time
- Confusion about life or about your own identity or
- You may instead just have a sense emerging that there’s more to life than this…
What is Integrative psychotherapy?
Integrative psychotherapy involves the “integration” or “fusion” of different schools of psychotherapy. Integrating the personality means that your thoughts, feelings and behaviour are working in harmony. The consequence is that you feel more whole and less in conflict with yourself.
My overall aim:
“As an integrative psychotherapist I want to help you deal with difficult issues, past or present. I want help you to express yourself, to reach your full potential. If you are troubled i aim for you to feel better sense of peace and wellbeing.”
How can anyone achieve this?
- Raised awareness of one’s own thoughts, feelings and behaviour
- Better understanding of oneself and others
- Improved self-expression,
- Self-acceptance and
- Empowerment to make choices
Psychotherapy may be about accepting some things and changing others- as in that famous prayer:
The Serenity Prayer
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,Courage to change the things I can,And wisdom to know the difference.” Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971).
My Integrative approach
- With a humanist and holistic approach, my style might look like person-centred counselling. However, it is often more interactive.
- Ideas from Transactional Analysis (TA) are useful and i may use methods and ideas from Gestalt therapy, Cognitive behavioural theory (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), assertiveness skills training and art therapy.
- I work at times in a more psychodynamic way by trying to understand a person in terms of their development from childhood. In addition, a psychodynamic approach also means trying to stay aware of the unconscious.
- Sometimes I draw upon more recent findings in neuroscience.
- I have an existential, spiritual and Buddhist perspective. For example, i try and notice what is going on right now in body and mind, being aware or “mindful”. I regularly practice mindfulness meditation with my clients if appropriate and teach them how to do this for themselves.
- Creative and experimental approaches (within boundaries) can be useful, if this is agreed between myself and the client.
- My role is to listen, understand, care and support yet I can be directive or solution-focused, if it is appropriate.
How does psychotherapy work?
Essentially I see psychotherapy as an organic or natural process: an unfolding or exploration with my client, at their own pace. Solutions don’t always come instantly yet without gentle exploration- how can anything change? Psychotherapy works, i believe, because like plants growing towards the light, we all have an innate drive to be well. I see myself as a facilitator of this process. I have good faith that as in the spirit of the ancient Chinese Taoist wisdom:
“…All roads lead home. All rivers flow down to the sea” (Johansson and Kurtz, 1991 p.92).