My Therapeutic Approach
Humanistic and integrative psychotherapy has its roots in humanistic philosophy, which emphasises human dignity and the human capacity for fulfilment. Research shows that it is the quality of the relationship between a client and their therapist which is a catalyst for deep internal change. Carl Rogers advocated that it was acceptance, valuing, warmth, genuiness and understanding and provided optimum conditions for people to grow. I am influenced by this and hope to provide this to my clients.
Being an integrative psychotherapist means that I use a variety use a number of relationship-based, dialogical and experiential methods to facilitate clients integrate aspects of their mind, body and spirit which are causing them a lack of ease in their relationship with themselves, others or society at large. I work in collaboration with my clients, so they are an active conscious co-creators of the kind of changes they desire to make.
My interest in meditation has resulted in me incorporating and blending mindfulness practices into the way I work. This is not done in any sectarian way, but more from an understanding that our thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations are all connected. If we want to be well and happy in our lives, it is important to attend to all aspects of our life, both the internal and the external and how we relate to all aspects. By becoming aware of our thoughts, our body, our breath, we can begin to make decisions from an informed place, on how best to care for ourselves.
I make use of a body-centered approach (sensorimotor psychotherapy) which uses bodily experiences as a gateway to awareness and improved emotional and psychological health. Traumatic experiences can become trapped within the body, so I invite clients to explore what is happening in their body as they speak about an experience, supporting their body to express and complete the experience. This is non invasive and invitational, with clients free not to work in this way if they prefer. Clients are in charge of their process.
I use psycho-education to share my knowledge with clients so they are co-participants in their therapy and can choose how they want to proceed, basing on understanding. Safety is of paramount importance to me and as a result of this I work to empower people to attend to building their resources both internally and externally in their lives, so that they can take charge of their mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health. Through the blending of elements from different therapeutic approaches, according to each clients needs, I hope to support people develop greater self awareness, self-respect and a sense of personal competence as they explore the meaning of their life and their experience.