Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
Why Counselling and Psychotherapy?
Life comes with ups as well as downs for all of us, and while we are usually good at processing the happiness and joys of life, we sometimes have trouble dealing with the downs. Talking with friends and family is helpful, and yet many differing opinions or expectations from those closest to us may lead to confusion and additional stress.
Our current society and culture seem to propagate the belief that we should be able to cope with everything, that we should be strong and do it on our own. And if we find we are unable then we simply look for the pill or quick fix to sort it out for us. Therapy offers the possibility of a more sustained sense of wellbeing.
When we choose exploration of self it opens us up vs. shutting us down; we can start to identify the causes of current concerns, notice factors that perpetuate problems, and become aware of fears and beliefs that limit our emotional freedom. An understanding of and working through our difficulties, anxiousness, or moodiness enables a falling away of old patterns.
Therapy offers a safe and confidential space for you to voice your concerns and difficulties while being heard. A space in which you can reflect on what you might wish to change to live a more meaningful and fulfilled life. To set goals and practise healthier ways of being, as you feel supported to move beyond past patterns of limiting thoughts, perspectives and attitudes. The role of a therapist is to be supportive and non-judgemental, someone who strives to understand thoughts and feelings from your point of view.
What does Integrative mean
My therapeutic approach integrates body-oriented approaches including EFT therapy, bilateral stimulation, mindful focusing, breath work and movement with traditional talk therapy in my practice.
Research shows that ultimately our stresses and limitations are held not only in our mental narratives but literally in our physical bodies; that both somatic as well as cognitive approaches, are essential for healing, recovering and building resilience as we make positive life changes.
Additionally, this approach helps me to help you (w)holistically whether you are experiencing mental, emotional or physical discomfort. Another aspect of therapy I provide includes reducing or resolving chronic pain and other physical health issues, by addressing the underlying causes (in terms of thoughts, beliefs, perceptions, emotional blocks and life events) that may be contributors to the physical symptoms.
My integrative approach allows me to meet you where you are at, to address your specific, individual needs in our work together. I aim to create a safe, supportive, non-judgmental environment, so you can voice your concerns while feeling heard.
I fully expect you to be a part of your therapy; motivated to make change, willing to show up and do the work while being fully engaged in your therapeutic process.
People seek therapy for a wide variety of reasons:
- Relationship difficulties
- Stressful or distressing experiences which need to be shared in a safe environment. These may include relocation to a new city, separation or divorce, loss of a loved one, an accident, witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event that is difficult to recover from, or childhood trauma.
- Support through upcoming surgery and recovery.
- A desire to change certain behaviours, like food cravings, uncontrollable anger, overwhelming or uncontrollable thoughts, or isolating behaviours.
- Support through a serious illness.
- Experiencing low moods, anxious feelings or both.
- Feeling uncertain about a change in life path and or career.
- Personal crisis, because life does not always flow in the way we want it to, and we may not have the resources to cope with unexpected events.
- Wanting to succeed and experiencing an inability to achieve goals.
- Therapy can also serve as a guide for personal development, to expand awareness and grow into one’s full potential, and can be beneficial for anyone.
As your therapist, I listen. I help you to connect to your inner resources, so you can cope with and overcome any challenges you are experiencing and live your life in a way that is most meaningful and satisfying to you.
“It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.” – Alan Cohen
Are you living your best life? If not, what’s stopping you?
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