Reaching out is the first step towards being seen, heard and understood ~
What is Humanistic & Integrative Counselling? Humanistic & integrative psychotherapy is underpinned by a range of values and philosophical assumptions about human nature and experience. The theoretical perspectives understand human experience and how to work with people who are in distress or experiencing or re-experiencing trauma. This unique approach to psychotherapy is the commitment to working with the full range of influences that inform the development of the individual and their inner relationship, their relationship with others and with society. The counsellor/therapist absorbs different area's of working with each unique individual, helping clients relate to themselves and to their own potential for living a fuller life. Centre to the humanistic/integrative practice is the collaboration between the client and therapist in exploring the dynamics of the therapeutic relationship, and in using this relationship for the benefit of the client’s self understanding and self acceptance. We take into account the impact of the external world on the internal world, and we explore the significance of social, cultural and political dimensions of an individual’s experience as well as their interpersonal and developmental world. Adapted from UKCP 2013.
How do I work? It is important to note that I do not fix, give advice or tell you how to be, what to do or how to behave. Humanistic & Integrative counselling/therapy is about autonomy, empowerment and personal choice. I work in a flexible manner within a therapeutic relationship. The Person-Centred approach (Carl Rogers) underpins my practice in the way that clients will lead the therapy at their own pace, only going where they feel safe enough to go, though at times I may gently challenge. Empathy, a non-condemning attitude and congruence play a vital part in my practice as is attuning to each individual, really trying to focus on their frame of reference, how it is or has been for them. Working in the here and now (phenomenologically) is important, though sometimes issues from the past may influence or affect how client's experience relationships or situations. I integrate relational, developmental and dialogical theories, sometimes working creatively in order to guide clients through any 'stuckness' they may feel. It is my belief that one size does not fit all, therefore being attuned to each individual and their needs is an important part of my work. People are unique, experiencing and coping with issues in very different ways. Working in in an integrative way hopefully allows clients to become more aware of their internal processes which may lead to healthier relationships and life choices. It is important to review, assess and evaluate our work continuously. This will ensure that you are not becoming overwhelmed and that the work is supporting and helping you.
Please be assured that the confidentiality and the welfare of my clients is of utmost importance as is working ethically and safely.