Our Approach and Services
We are complex individuals whose attitudes and understanding of life come from our experiences of life and because of this, each of us has a unique view of life. We believe therefore that no one approach to therapy suits every person seeking support. We therefore work as integrative therapists, and to help you decide whether our approach is right for you, there is a little about what this means below:
Integrative therapy, or integrative counselling is a combined approach to psychotherapy that brings together different elements of specific therapies. Integrative therapists take the view that there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations. Each client is considered as a unique individual and counselling techniques are tailored to their individual needs and personal circumstances.
Integrative counselling posits that there are many ways to explore and understand psychology and behaviour, there is no one approach that can have all of the answers. At Cedars Therapy, we work with an integration of Psychodynamic, Systemic,Solution-Focussed and Cognitive Behaviour Therapies.
Psychotherapy/ Psychodynamic Therapy:
The aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness, helping individuals to unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. The theory explains that our unconscious minds tend to hold on to painful feelings and memories, which are too difficult for the conscious mind to process. In order to ensure these memories and experiences do not surface, many people will develop defences, such as denial and projections. According to psychodynamic therapy, these defences will often do more harm than good.
The theory maintains that there are many layers to our psyche and therapists use interventions and techniques to explore these layers.
The systemic approach is based on studying the interactions between members of a system –whether that is a family, a societal group or community. The approach examines the way in which members of the system affect one another and what impact relationships have. We think of it as examining the “web of connectedness” between the members of the system and its context.
Systems theory and systemic therapy can be applied to individuals, couples and in a variety of other settings, as it doesn’t seek to address people on an individual level and instead focuses on understanding problems in a contextual framework.
Solution-focused therapy :
The techniques of this therapy are often incorporated into other long-term therapy types and effects can be long-lasting. The seven basic philosophies and assumptions are:
- Change is both constant and certain.
- Emphasis on what is changeable and possible.
- Clients must want to change.
- Clients are the experts and outline their own goals.
- Clients have resources and their own strengths to solve and overcome their problems.
- Therapy is short-term.
- Focus on the future – history is not essential.
These concepts are key building blocks in the formation of the solution-focused approach.