The Integrative Approach

Promoting wellness using the integrative approach involves harmonising different theories and therapeutic abilities, to work in a holistic way. The actual theories or methods of working differ, according to the training of the therapist and their way of understanding people. I am guided by my clients’ specific needs, and draw on my personal, humane approach and professional training.

My integrative psychotherapy training had psychological, philosophical, experiential, and clinical elements. I studied psychoanalysis and existential philosophies, as well as humanistic and integrative developments. This included relational group work, personal therapy, and professionally supervised clinical work with clients. Each of these elements were invaluable in helping me to integrate the theories I studied with my own way of thinking about the human experience, and to reflect on my own emotional world and how I react to others. I work collaboratively with clients through painful and positive transitions, to facilitate healthier and happier living and relating.

After my psychotherapy studies, I trained in Executive Coaching & Organisation Development, recognising that personal and professional lives are mutually affected/enhanced by organisational dynamics or interpersonal working relationships. Please enquire if you would like further information on working with me in this way.

With the widespread use of new media technologies and internet communication as a way of relating, it feels natural to integrate with the online world and increase access for people who might not otherwise have access to a coach or counsellor in face-to-face appointments.

Working online is also an opportunity for people who are are still catching up with their understanding of how to relate online, to experience a meaningful connection in a safe way. Although many of us are aware of the need for boundaries to protect our privacy, or have become skilled in the use of symbols or textspeak, we may yet be lacking in confidence when communicating more subtle messages about our emotions or states of mind. It is true that we all need real (and not only virtual) connections, and the online world as a means of therapeutic collaboration can facilitate alternative ways to access support when life gets difficult.

Visit the About Counselling page for more information.