Our Approach and Services
We are complex individuals who are built from our experiences throughout our lives and each of us has our own unique way of seeing the world as a result of that. We believe, therefore, that one approach to therapy won’t suit every person seeking support. We therefore work as integrative therapists, drawing on a variety of theoretical approaches. We use many different interventions to help you manage the changes that you need. There is a little about what this means below:
Integrative therapy 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 person needs to be considered as a unique individual and counselling techniques must be 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. We work with Psychodynamic, Systemic,Solution-Focussed and Cognitive Behavioural therapies.
Here are some of the theories that we work with;
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 understand how these affect the way we see the world and react to events. 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 like myself use interventions and techniques to explore these layers.
Systems theory developed as a study of the complex systems present in nature, science and society, and its framework investigates and describes any group of objects that work together to produce a result. the observations are applied to human systems such as families.
Systems theory and systemic therapy can be applied to individuals, couples and in a variety of other settings, as they don’t seek to address people on an individual level and instead focuses on understanding problems in a contextual framework. That could be of a family or a work setting or the wider community.
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.