Therapy provides a regular time and space for people to talk about their troubles and explore difficult feelings, in an environment that is safe, confidential and free from intrusion.
It is about helping you to explore what is going on and to make sense of your confusion so that you can help yourself reach your own decisions and outcomes.
It is not giving advice or telling someone what to do, or offering friendship. A therapist will respect your viewpoint while helping you to deal with specific problems, cope with crises, improve your relationships or developing better ways of living. It can sometimes take a few sessions to feel comfortable and at ease with your therapist. Some individuals can feel nervous the first time they come to therapy, and this is perfectly natural.
Integrative therapy is a combined approach to psychotherapy that brings together different elements of specific therapies.
As an integrative therapist, I take the view that there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations. Each person needs to be considered as a whole and counselling techniques must be tailored to their individual needs and personal circumstances.
I believe that there are many ways in which human psychology can be explored and understood – no one theory holds the answer. All theories have value, even if their foundational principles contradict each other – hence the need to integrate them.
Essentially, as an integrative therapist I am not only concerned with what works, but why it works – tailoring therapy to each client and not the client to the therapy.