As an integrated psychotherapist, I use a different range of therapies. These have different influences in study, history, technique and theory. The advantage of being an integrative therapist is that it offers me flexibility beyond being dogmatic and pigeonholing people or old dogmas. I work alongside to support you to find your truth and freedoms. Therapists of different perspectives used to heavily disagree, but more frequently now the need for integration is recognised as it is widely accepted by modern practitioners that one therapy style does not suit all clients or all needs.
In the therapy, profession theories can become very confusing and wordy! It is estimated that around 350+ psychotherapies exist and certainly no one could claim to have knowledge of all of them! I seek to be evidence-based and practice therapies that not only inspire me but also inspire clients and are derived from successes in research into psychotherapies.
A – Z Glossary
You might have your own understandings of what these therapies are but hopefully, my brief glossary and summary I give below will help you understand the main influences in my practice and how I reach out and therapeutically assist clients.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – a CBT based psychotherapy that teaches us to notice and accept our thoughts, feelings and actions. The aim is not to criticise or banish certain parts of our experience but rather to learn how to deal with these painful events.
Analytical Therapy – Employing the model of the unconscious mind as the source of healing, motivation and the lifelong development of an individual. Jung saw the psyche both as mind but admits the unknowable mystery of the soul, and discovering the significance of dreams, archetypes and mythology to inspire therapy.
Brief Therapy – Differs from other schools of therapy in that it strategically emphasizes a focus on a specific problem and direct intervention. This embodies other schools of therapy to meet these ends. In brief therapy, the therapist takes responsibility for working more pro-actively with the client to reach a therapeutic aim or gain.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – CBT focuses on the thoughts, beliefs and attitudes we hold (our cognitive processes) and how this interacts with our behaviour to create our emotional problems. CBT practitioners help a client identify, challenge and change their extreme thinking to improve symptoms and quality of life.
Compassion Based Therapy – aims to help people develop and work with experiences of inner warmth, safeness and soothing, via compassion and self-compassion rather than fall into patterns that are self-critical, ashamed, hostile, unrealistic and self-punitive. The aim is to find kindness to thought and feelings and being centred by compassion within.
Gestalt Therapy – A emotionally and body centred psychotherapy aiming to enhance the client’s awareness. The process is experiential, uses experiments, role play to explore thoughts, feelings and personal and interpersonal barriers in awareness.
Humanistic Therapy/ Person-Centred Therapy – the therapist will aim to provide an environment in which the individual does not feel under threat or being judged, is empathic, create a safe space by active listening and positive regard. This allows the individual to experience and accept more of them as a person and move towards recognising their potential.
Integrative counselling is a term used to describe the integration of two or more therapies or counselling techniques. Integrative counselling is not aligned to any single type of therapy, as its practitioners believe that no single approach works for every client in every situation.
Logotherapy – This therapy is founded on the belief that human nature is motivated by the search for a life purpose; Logotherapy is the pursuit of that meaning for one’s life. In healing and seeking wisdom about our needs, purposes and desire, rediscovering purpose and meaning is emphasized in this therapy.
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy – encourages people to be aware of each thought, so that they can prevent one negative thought leading to a chain of negative thoughts. I use meditation and hypnosis to assist giving people space and practice to accept and witness emotions, thoughts and feelings without escalating them.
Neuro-linguistic Psychotherapy – NLP based therapies derive from many influences and practices. Combined into a therapeutic relationship, the use of NLP includes metaphor, imagery, guidance, questioning and guiding a client to catharsis and change.
Psychodrama – is a method which guides clients to utilize spontaneous dramatization, role playing and dramatic self-presentation to investigate and gain insight into their lives. Hypnodrama utilizes this capacity in the mind and in a light trance and in an imaginative capacity.
Psychodynamic therapy – A type of psychotherapy that draws on psychoanalytic theory to help people understand the roots of emotional distress, often by exploring unconscious motives, needs, and defences. By encouraging individuals to explore unresolved issues and to talk about important people and relationships in their life they can increase their self-awareness and understanding of how the past is influencing present problems. There are many influential theorists who each define their unique parameter and therapeutic perspective in this field.
Schema Therapy – A distinctive CBT based therapy, the client and therapist look at various patterns of ‘maintenance’, ‘avoidance’ and ‘compensation’. The patterns of behaviour derived from the past involve spotting and challenging how thought patterns operate, were created by experience and define them and create suffering.
Transactional Analysis – Looks at relationships and communication and where these patterns derive from in life scripts, modelling others and the needs of the ego. It seeks to assist to identify damaging communication, to seek change, growth and healthier and informed interactions.
Transpersonal Psychotherapy – Issues considered in transpersonal psychology include spiritual self-development, self beyond the ego, peak experiences, mystical experiences, systemic trance and other sublime and or unusually expanded experiences of living, growth and awareness.