My Therapeutic Stance
I see my role as a psychotherapist as a facilitator within your narrative. I have been taught a multidisciplinary (integrative) approach to therapy and so use techniques which would best serve us in understanding your therapeutic narrative.
We work together within a comfortable, confidential and, most importantly, safe space in order to bring an understanding of how you are in the world and what has led you to this point in your life,
highlighting your conscious and unconscious thought feelings and attitudes.
By not identifying or discussing your issues they remain in the background, following you around like a shadow having the capacity to taint your life and weigh you down. As a result my therapeutic approach highlights and discusses these issues so that we can start looking at new in which you can relate to the world.
However, in my experience therapy is not all about technique. I find these techniques complement the therapeutic encounter but should not define it. What I have found most beneficial is being wholly present with my clients’. I pride myself on being empathic, fully engaged and non judgemental. I thus feel that it is pivotal to first establish a solid therapeutic relationship. I do this first and foremost by placing your needs within the therapeutic space at the forefront of my attention which culminates in providing a space in which we are more easily able to uncover how your past is impacting on your present and indeed, how it may impact on your future.
With this knowledge we can start discussing ways in which you would rather live; being authentic and congruent with yourself, others, and life in general.
I aim then to bring a level of understanding to your life which you were not wholly conscious of before.
Integrative Psychotherapy, The Types of Therapy I Use and Why I Use Them
As mentioned above I am an integrative psychotherapist and I have, therefore, been taught various therapeutic styles within my training. The key therapeutic modalities I draw upon include:
- Psychoanalysis- Looking at one’s past relationships and experiences in order to understand the root of our ways of living and relating to the world.
- Existential- Learning to ask the philosophical questions of how you want live, feel and be within the world. Whilst also acknowledging the limitations imposed by society, others and (unconsciously) by ourselves.
- Humanistic -A non judgemental approach
- Gestalt- an experimental approach in which we can test new ways of being in the safe space psychotherapy provides.
- Solution focused.- Aiding progression into a new way of thinking acting and feeling.
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) look at questioning addressing and changing your way of life in a more behavioural way
- Mindfulness- Promoting an awareness of, and acceptance of, your thoughts, feelings and actions whilst living in the present. This will lead to a deeper understanding of how and why you act the way you do.
- Phenomenology: Looking at slowing down your narrative so as to connect to your conscious and unconscious emotions in the here and now.
These therapeutic approaches give us a framework to aid our understanding of your mental and l and emotional dialogue, at different stages of your life and in a variety of differing outlooks. This gives us multiple views of your life story that we can explore together, aiding your insight and promoting faster, multi layered change within your life.
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How we have learnt connect and deal with our feelings.
Feelings of discontent, stress and unhappiness are a result of the ever increasing fast paced life we are expected to lead. In essence then the expectations put on by society and others to feel happy and content with our lives. As a result of this positivist outlook these issues are taboo within society, so we are taught to run or distract ourselves from them, so that they do not limit our productivity or, as many of my clients say, “put a downer on others.” In fact they are deionised so heavily in our society that many of us repress the emotions so we are not aware of what it is that is causing us to feel the way we do, or indeed do not recognise the reasons behind our emotional turmoil.
Throughout my experience these issues are an internal message trying to tell us that something in our lives is not right
As a psychotherapist I see these internal messages as being useful, almost like a signpost, which can provide insight into factors which are causing you emotional turmoil.
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