Integrative Psychotherapy takes into account many views of human functioning. The psychodynamic, client-centred, behaviourist, cognitive, family therapy, Gestalt therapy, body-psychotherapies, object relations theories, psychoanalytic self-psychology, and transactional analysis approaches are all considered within a dynamic systems perspective. Each provides a partial explanation of behaviour and each is enhanced when selectively integrated with other aspects of the therapist's approach. The psychotherapy interventions used in Integrative Psychotherapy are based on developmental research and theories describing the self-protective defences used when there are interruptions in normal development.

I also work with clients using a Humanistic Person Centred Approach. This theoretical approach has been dominated by the theories and teachings of Carl Rogers, the founder of client-centred therapy (later changed to person-centred therapy). This way of working is essentially about giving expression to attitudes and beliefs. As a practitioner I seek to establish a ‘relationship’ with clients in order to face any anxiety, confusion, challenge or necessary changes in their lives. My aim is to see, feel and experience the world as the client sees it. The Person Centred Approach, in essence, uses the three core conditions of Empathy, Congruence and Acceptance. This approach honours and respects that it is the client who knows what is painful and that within the therapeutic relationship it is the client who knows best how to move forward. This form of therapeutic work may not be suitable for all individuals, as is the case with other theories. However I will be able to select the appropriate model of therapy to enable you to explore your concerns.

In addition I am also a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Solution Focused Therapist. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. It is most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems.

CBT cannot remove your problems, but it can help you deal with them in a more positive way. It is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle.

CBT aims to help you crack this cycle by breaking down overwhelming problems into smaller parts and showing you how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel.

Unlike some other talking treatments, CBT deals with your current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past. It looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis.

I am qualified as an Integrative counsellor this means I combine various approaches to psychotherapy that brings together different elements of specific therapies. 

Integrative therapists take the view that there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations integrative psychotherapy embraces an attitude towards the practice of psychotherapy that affirms the inherent value of each individual.