As a trainee of Relational Integrative Psychotherapy, I am pleased to provide a limited number of available spaces at a reduced fee. I am fully insured and a member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
What is Psychotherapy?
This talking therapy helps you develop ways to overcome complex issues and concerns. You may be experiencing overwhelming emotions. You may feel stuck in the past, have present concerns, feel anxious or stressed. You may have experienced trauma or be feeling distressing loss. You may have lost confidence or have self-doubt. You may be going through relationship difficulties.
These are just a few of the issues that can be brought to this therapy. By working in a relational way with past and present experience you gain awareness and choice to make change in a highly supportive way.
Firstly, let me explain the ‘relational’ aspect of Psychotherapy
Relationship is the first condition of being human. This involves being in a network of relationships starting from birth and continuing throughout life. Our early relationships are how all our developmental needs are met and maintained. Disconnections in our relationships now often triggers early relational patterns and creates psychological difficulties.
Many problems in life are relational; they were born out of experiences in relationships with others, and if they arise from interactions in relationships, they can be healed with interactions in relationships with ‘emotionally regulated’ others who are understanding, safe and ethical.
More and more research show that it is the relationship between a client and therapist that determines the effectiveness of psychotherapy. A relational approach establishes contact and communication where we are attuned and receptive. This requires creating a bond where all issues and concerns are worked through. It is for this reason we are always in an intentional and conscious kinship. The therapist, with knowledge of relational patterns, is emotionally available and brings all their humanity, authenticity, and connection to the relationship.
All relationships go through confluence (agreement and harmony), also challenge, and the therapeutic relationship is no different. However, we intentionally welcome confluence and challenge and are mindful of the healing that processing painful feelings brings. This repair becomes available to other relationships past and present, and a deep connection with oneself.
And secondly, the ‘integrative’ part of Psychotherapy
The aim of integrative therapy is to bring together the emotional, mental, behavioural, and physiological systems within a person, encourage an awareness of social, emotional, and environmental influences and the interventions that bring repair.
Combining different techniques and tools to fit the needs of an individual, therapy is based on the understanding of human development and the methods needed to fill any developmental gaps that effect each person in different ways. Because a single approach in psychotherapy does not always provide the best benefit to a client, therapists who are trained in several methods can offer a unique and effective experience.
This type of approach reflects the range of psychoanalytic, behavioural, cognitive, existential, humanistic, and transpersonal traditions. Integrative psychotherapy draws from all these different schools of psychological theory and research and is therefore more flexible than singular traditional forms of therapy. Alternative approaches can be used consecutively throughout different stages of therapy, or approaches may be used in a combined form of therapy throughout.
Bringing together both parts
It is less than easy to describe the vast potential of this therapy, except to say it is bigger than the sum of its’ parts. When the relationship between a client and a therapist is established it becomes the medium where all therapy happens. It is the uniqueness of that connection that facilitates change. The process is flexible and not static. It offers acceptance, understanding, support and challenge. It provides clarity and definition of problems, and methods for resolution.
Together we explore, focus, prioritise and continuously review where we are. We create a working pattern that includes the understanding of the movement of multi-directions in relationship that we enter and navigate through. This is built on trust and respect and enables us to go below the surface to make conscious and articulate those aspects of ourselves and their concerns.
You will find your therapist shares more of themselves and their experience of you. A working alliance is developed that enables the sometimes long and often painful work of life changing psychotherapy. There is a commitment and cooperation that underpins all effective helping.
Therapy can feel more inclusive and there is often more choice of how to proceed as it is all about the best fit for you. The outcome is that we have a new understanding of ourselves and have a more empowering perspective where we have reassessed issues, seen possibilities for change and positioned ourselves differently. We decide on need and appropriate interventions, identify resources, see ways to make change, and transfer learning that we take into life.
Accessing this therapy. Undertaking this experience requires commitment and time as it is often medium to longer term therapy. I have a limited number of spaces available on enquiry. These places are at a reduced fee to reflect I am in advanced training. The fees will be reviewed annually.
If you are interested please contact me.
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