My Approach - Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy.
Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy embraces an attitude that affirms the inherent value of each individual. It is a non-judgmental, empathic and effective therapeutic approach, exploring emotional, behavioural, mental and physical life states. Simply put - it is a holistic, talking therapy, which considers the whole person, not just their symptoms. It can also address some of life's bigger questions such as, "who am I?" and "why am I here?"
The term 'integrative,' of Integrative Psychotherapy has a number of meanings. I utilise different Psychotherapeutic theories including Contemporary Relational Psychoanalysis, Humanistic Psychology and Existenialism. I formulate a process with my client to become aware of any disowned, unconscious, and unresolved issues or resentments, causing suffering, such as anxiety and depression. I aim to facilitate a safe, and ethical connection to underlying emotions held in the body such as anger, rage, fear and shame. Learning to disconnect from pain can keep us stuck and in distress.
I believe any obstacle is present NOT to make us doubt who we are, but to reveal our ultimate potential.
There is little difference between 'counselling' and 'psychotherapy,' apart from length of the work and length of the training.
My mission is to be alongside you at your pace, to discuss your needs and be your witness on your journey of inquiry.
Whether you require short term, solution focused and a more 'action orientated' approach or a longer focus on self-exploration, will be discussed at the start.
The Facts Are Friendly: (Mick Cooper, 2008)
Here are some evidence-based research statistics on whether Psychotherapy 'works'?
There is unequivocal evidence that, on average, psychological therapies have a positive effect on individuals' wellbeing and mental health.
Almost 8 of of 10 participants of therapy improved to a greater extent, than the average person who has not attended therapy.
Overall, around 60% of clients diagnosed with a mental health disorder, will be diagnosis free after treatment.
Approx 10-20 sessions are required for 50% of clients to show clinical improvement.
Talking therapy is generally as affective as pharmacological treatment for psychological distress, and seems to have lower relpase and drop-out rates.
Improvement in mental health tends to be maintained one or two years after therapy has ended.
Counselling and psychotherapy is a relatively cost-effective form of mental health treatment - particularly for more psychologically distressed individuals, with an economic advantage above and beyond its contribution to psychological health and wellbeing.