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What is Integrative Psychotherapy?

Updated: Apr 10


The kind of therapy I practice involves drawing from a variety of therapeutic approaches. Because therapy is not a 'one size fits all' endeavour, it requires getting to know each person in order to discover what is best suited to their individual needs.


A foundation of collaboration sets the groundwork for my approach. This means that the client and therapist work together to define therapeutic goals. That doesn't mean I won't offer feedback and challenges at times. But, in the context of personal growth and healing, it's not my (or any therapist's) place to impose specific values on you. What kind of changes are you hoping to make in your life? It's my job to work with you to explore these potentials.


Added to this foundation will be the exploration of your conscious and unconscious patterns, and the application of tools and modalities to help you work with the themes and issues you need to address.


These approaches will engage various aspects of your experience:

* Cognitive (thoughts and beliefs)

* Emotional (feelings and triggers)

* Physiological (body and nervous system responses - fight, flight, freeze etc.)

We will also explore the various environmental, circumstantial, and systemic factors that played a role in shaping your individual experiences.


By engaging these different layers of awareness and processing, within a safe therapeutic environment, you can gradually begin to apply the resulting insights and tools to your daily life. This can cultivate important and empowering changes in many of your longstanding patterns and relationships.


If you choose to move forward with the therapeutic process, we will work together to integrate all of these concepts in a way that will support you in your healing process, confront the things that have been holding you back, and empower you to begin making the changes you desire to make.


For more information on integrative psychotherapy check out the links below:




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