MY WAY OF WORKING AS AN INTEGRATIVE THERAPIST
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I am an integrative therapist in the sense that I employ aspects of a variety of therapeutic modalities. These include:
- person-centred/humanistic therapy,
- existential therapy,
- Gestalt therapy,
- sandplay therapy,
- strengths-based therapy and
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
- My approach is to use aspects of various modalities depending on the needs of my clients. I put greatest emphasis on building a place of trust and safety for my clients. Research has shown that regardless of the specific approaches used, what is most important is the quality of the relationship between the client and their therapist. You will find me warm, non-judgemental, empathetic and supportive.
Why are you seek counselling and psychotherapy? It may be that
- you want your unique story to be heard and understood by someone who is non-judgemental and really listens
- you are feeling troubled or distressed and need support in finding your way
- your goals seem out of reach
- you want to develop new strategies for living
- you want to gain self-insight
Individual counselling and psychotherapy can help a client explore their difficulties, values and choices, with a view to:
- improving your psychological wellbeing
- helping you move towards the life you would like for yourself
- achieving your goals
- come to terms with your current situation with its limitations
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” Viktor E. Frankl
- Person-centred therapy.
- Founded by Carl Rogers, this approach focuses on the here-and-now and the therapist is relatively non-directive.
- Successful outcomes depend on the establishment of a strong connection between the therapist and the client.
- Existential therapy
- has its roots in existential philosophy about the essential nature of human existence.
- It emphasizes the roles of client responsibility, freedom and choice in shaping their own lives.
- The therapist helps the client to discover their talents, and possibilities for the future, as well as the freedom they have to make decisions about their choices.
- Meaning and purpose are central concepts in existential therapy.
- To learn more see http://www.emmyvandeurzen.com/
- Contemporary Gestalt Therapy
- involves an existential approach. It focuses on the here and now.
- The client deals with what and how they are thinking, feeling and doing while they are interacting with their therapist.
- There is an emphasis on learning to fully experience the present moment.
- The therapist helps their client to attain greater awareness, and, with it, greater choice.
- Clients learn to accept responsibility for what they do; this includes accepting the consequences of their actions.
- The existential view holds that people are continually remaking or discovering themselves. There are always new problems and new opportunities.
- Sandplay therapy is one of the so-called “expressive” therapies.
- It is a hands-on approach and facilitates a spontaneous way of being.
- Unconscious processes can be accessed and sandplay therapy provides an alternative means of expression when the client cannot express themselves sufficiently with words alone.
- Sandplay therapy engages the emotional/creative area of the brain so involves different processes to verbal expression.
- The sandplay method involves the client’s creation of a three-dimensional “picture” with miniature figures and objects in a tray of sand while the therapist remains silent. The client can choose from a large range of figures representing all aspects of life and fantasy to build their picture.
- The client’s sandplay creations involve some degree of symbolism and aspects of the boundary between the conscious and unconscious come into play.
- According to Barbara Turner, there is enormous potential for healing and transformation with sandplay therapy. To learn more see http://barbaraturner.org
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Under certain circumstances I may depart from my usual exploratory mode and recommend the application of CBT pioneered by Aaron T. Beck.
- This involves a structured, directive therapy with a specific agenda.
- It can be helpful in dealing with disabling fears and panic attacks.
- Examples include a fear of visiting shopping centres or a fear of socializing.
- The aims are to modify inaccurate or unhelpful negative ways of thinking and behaving and also challenge the client’s belief system (i.e. beliefs about themselves and their personal world).
- The outcomes are emotional and behavioural changes.
- To learn more see http://www.beckinstitute.org/
Strengths-based therapy: using an individualized strengths-based approach
Strengths-based counselling and psychotherapy focusses on the client’s strengths, capacities, desires, interests, talents, competencies, aspirations, abilities, knowledge, potentials, environmental resources and resilience. Therapy is possibility-focussed rather than problem-focussed. The client is regarded as the expert and the therapist works collaboratively with them; empowerment of the client is a major objective.
The therapist helps the client to identify and draw upon their strengths. The focus is on the client’s abilities rather than their shortcomings, symptoms or difficulties. The possibility of growth and change or more effective coping is assumed. Each client has a unique set of strengths and abilities that he/she can use to deal with their problems. The client is encouraged to cultivate their interests and build their own strengths to pursue their goals.
Note that strengths-based therapy does not disregard a client’s pain and struggles. However the emphasis is not on their deficiencies, weaknesses, and problems as seen by others. It is considered that clients will do better in the long run when they are helped to identify, recognize, and use the strengths and resources available in themselves and their environment. This perspective also enables clients, who often lack confidence and feel like failures when seeking services, to have improved self-esteem. The counsellor/psychotherapist can help the client determine how they have strived despite adverse circumstances.
LOCATION OF PRACTICES
- CASTLE HILL, HILLS DISTRICT
I provide counselling services to clients in the Hills District, Sydney. If you live in Castle Hill, Baulkham Hills, Dural, Kellyville, Cherrybrook, Glenhaven or other local suburbs then this practice will be convenient for you.
- WAHROONGA, NORTH SHORE
I also provide counselling services to clients on Sydney’s North Shore. If you live in Wahroonga, Turramurra, Pymble, Hornsby, Thornleigh, Pennant Hills or other local suburbs then the Wahroonga counselling practice will be most convenient for you.