Integrative Therapy is as the name suggests, an integration of different methods from different counselling and psychotherapeutic theories. It was/is thought by some that 'pure' therapies do not cater for all people, all of the time therefore an integrated school of thought arose. Of course some people are suited to certain types or methods of therapy and this will become apparent during the course of your therapy making it easier to 'tailor make' your therapy for you as an individual on an ongoing basis.
After initially gaining an honours degree in Philosophy/Ethics I then went on to train as an 'Integrative Counsellor'. Since then I have gained substantial training and experience of Existential therapy, Gestalt psychotherapy, Person Centred therapy, EMDR Psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural therapy* as well as having a working knowledge of several other theories and their application. This enables us to find a way that suits you personally. (*It is important you are aware that as my professional development matures, I particularly favour Gestalt/Existential ways of working above Cognitive Behavioural therapy and I find that the latter, I use less and less, so if you are looking for pure CBT then I am not the therapist for you.)
I offer one-to-one personal, relational therapy to people who are experiencing difficulties or confusion in their lives. These can range from anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, sexuality and gender issues, bullying, death/loss, sexual, psychological and emotional abuse, abortion, miscarriage, death of a child, low self-esteem and disability. I have extensive training, knowledge and experience with childhood sexual abuse and rape.
You may be encountering a crisis that you feel unable to cope with at the moment, perhaps a divorce, death or a life event that has left you with feelings of confusion or anxiety. You may have noticed patterns within your relationships in life and want to change them.
Indeed you may be facing a dilemma and would like to work this through with someone impartial. There are no limitations on what someone comes to therapy for and I do not 'measure' anyone's reasons above others'. If it is important to you, simply put, it is important to me!
I offer a free initial consulation which will last approximately half an hour. Some people think that anything 'free' implies desperation or some kind of 'sales technique'; I don't believe this in all cases. For me this is a time where we look at what you would like to achieve from our time together, whether we both feel we are a 'good match' and also both our availability. I think that for these reasons, this time shouldn't be charged for, as it is for both of us. I am not a salesperson and there is no obligation to book further sessions. I will give you some literature to take away with you and ask you to reflect on whether you would like to return.
My main working hours are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.