What happens in integrative therapy?
A synthetic approach
My approach integrates person-centred, psychoanalytic and cognitive-behavioural therapies, in order to help tailor the best approach for you to bring about psychological, behavioural or emotional changes.
Complexity and psychological wellness
Integrative psychotherapy focuses on psychological wellness as a complex interplay between the physical world of nature and the environment, the intellect and emotions, and the spiritual and social world of relationships including society, institutions, politics and communities.
- Sessions are usually weekly lasting 50 minutes, and trusts that will know how many sessions you need
- The therapy adopts a non-judgemental and inclusive attitude, and understands individuals follow different paths
- Autonomy and the freedom to act independently, as well as realness and authenticity is encouraged in therapy sessions
The benefits of integrative psychotherapy
Self awareness and potential
Integrative therapy encourages self awareness, and the maximisation of one's potential.
Integrative therapy also focuses on owning your emotions, as a process of understanding your self and unique needs. Authentic living is also concerned with addressing relationships of power, and how socio-cultural and political forces can limit your sense of social justice, as well as reduce your emotional and psychological wellbeing. Although interpretations are sometimes used, they are not always correct, since therapy is seen as a two way process.
Change through a relationship
Change in integrative therapy is also connected to processes which might emerge between us in therapy, including experiences of closeness, distance, or withdrawal from the therapeutic relationship. I also expect that we will explore together these experiences, and take time to understand together how they might relate to the difficulties which have brought you into therapy.
Which integrative models do you use?
I have been developing expertise in the cognitive-relational model first outlined in 2011 by Yvonne Walsh and Alan Frankland, which weaves together cognitive-behavioural with person-centred approaches.
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