About Therapy

What does Integrative Psychotherapy mean?  

My training and practice is Integrative which means I integrate a few methodologies and philosophies in clinical practice to bring about a more holistic approach which I think makes the process of therapy more accessible, beneficial and successful. I use ideologies from Psychoanalysis and Existential Phenomenology with Humanistic approaches. My main way of working is through Gestalt Practice which is an exercise and journey in self awareness, of being in the moment. It is the art of noticing what is present physically, emotionally, cognitively, relationally without judgement, with a curiosity to learn from noticing established patterns in behaviour. I like to inquire more about the 'how' of a situation than the 'why' which is more tangible and therefore most often leads to understanding, resolution and positive change.

Who is suitable for Psychotherapy and Counselling? 

I see counselling as going to an emotional gym, where anyone could spend 50 minutes, once a week, to explore ones own thoughts and feelings, to find ways to navigate through difficult situations one might find themselves in, to develop coping strategies, build up a greater sense of self worth, develop a better understanding of oneself with a view to influence change for the better.  In other words, counselling is open to anyone, at any point in life, not just at a time of crisis.

How does Counselling work?

The path of self discovery, authenticity and growth is a complex one and can be quite challenging, therefore it needs to be carried out with utmost care within a framework of support and respect.  I as the therapist will facilitate the therapeutic process, bit like a personal trainer at this emotional gym, providing a non-judgemental and unbiased space for the desired journey to take place, and to help make that journey as safe, successful and beneficial as possible. A great deal of the work happens within the dynamics in the therapy room, in the therapeutic relationship between therapist and client. Simply put, how much one gets out of counselling is directly proportional to how much one is prepared to put in to it.