What is Integrative Psychotherapy?
Integrative psychotherapy can support people experiencing:
- Low mood
- Relationship difficulties
- Self-esteem and confidence issues
- Raising self-awareness for personal and professional development
- Abuse (physical, emotional, sexual)
- Existential concerns, finding meaning and purpose in life
Our perception and interaction with life, others and ourselves can have a tremendous impact on how we experience living on a day to day basis. Maintaining a healthy balance and being content requires an investment of energy in looking after ourselves. Life can be very busy, stressful and emotionally draining. When you are feeling upset, low in mood, stressed or unsure about a particular area of your life it can be very helpful and healing to take a step back, access support and work through any concerns within a safe, confidential and nurturing therapeutic relationship.
The most important part of any therapeutic work is the working relationship between you and your therapist. It is important to me that you feel comfortable and able to express and explore all aspects of your thoughts and feelings about any challenges that you are experiencing. I am calm, creative and interested in listening to any challenges that you are facing. I offer time and space to meet, explore and resolve difficulties so that you are more able to feel comfortable, confident and secure. You can learn a range of evidence based techniques and interventions that will provide the information, knowledge and insight needed to move forward, feeling more in control of you and your life.
Integrative Psychotherapy Embraces the Individual
Integrative Psychotherapy embraces an attitude towards the practice of psychotherapy that affirms the inherent value of each individual. It is a unifying psychotherapy that responds appropriately and effectively to the person at the emotional, behavioural, cognitive, and physiological levels of functioning.
The term “integrative” of Integrative Psychotherapy has a number of meanings. It refers to the process of integrating the personality: taking disowned, unaware, or unresolved aspects of the self and making them part of a cohesive personality, reducing the use of defence mechanisms that inhibit spontaneity and limit flexibility in problem solving, health maintenance, and relating to people, and re-engaging the world with full contact. It is the process of making whole. Through integration, it becomes possible for people to face each moment openly and freshly without the protection of a pre-formed opinion, position, attitude, or expectation which can often lead to conflict, feeling ‘stuck’, anxiety, depression and loneliness.
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