‘It takes curiosity and a little bit of courage to explore new possibilities’
The kind of counselling I do is commonly called ‘integrative’.
‘Integrative’ acknowledges each persons’ individuality and experience. It’s relational – so it’s about talking and listening. It’s about being present to whatever emerges in our sessions together and it’s collaborative.
There are many reasons why people decide to do counselling and with this in mind, I’m interested in how you understand the issues that have brought you here – and then – within the professional boundary of our weekly sessions, we’ll begin to explore how you’ve dealt with these issues up to this point – what works for you – and what doesn’t.
All of this can begin the process of deeper understanding and change.
And whilst I may draw on the many different psychotherapeutic modalities, current neuroscientific research and techniques such as problem-solving, my aim is to help you integrate unresolved aspects of the self and develop a greater sense of self-autonomy.
A quote from the Institute of Integrative Psychotherapy in New York sums up the integrative counselling process perfectly:
‘… the integrative process takes disowned, unaware or unresolved aspects of the self and makes them part of a cohesive personality … reducing the use of defense mechanisms that inhibit spontaneity and limit flexibility in problem solving, health maintenance and relating to people. It’s the process of making whole.’
Ultimately, integrative counselling gives you space to be heard, whilst developing self-knowledge, self-care and greater resilience.