• Susan

What is Integrative Psychotherapy?

Updated: 6 days ago

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. What you are seeking to get out of the process is the priority. That doesn't mean I won't offer guidance, feedback, and challenges at times. But it's not my (or any therapist's) place to impose specific values on you. What kind of improvement, or healing, or change is it that you want to undertake? It's my job to work with you to fully explore how to achieve these goals.

Added to this foundation will be the application of tools and techniques to help you work with the themes and issues you need to address. These tools will engage various patterns and aspects of the self -- cognitive (thoughts and beliefs), emotional (feelings and triggers), and physiological (body tension and nervous system "fight, flight or freeze" responses). 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 these tools and insights 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 you can check out the links below:

Integrative Therapy Overview (Psychology Today)

Integrative Psychotherapy Works (NIH)

What is Integrative Psychotherapy? (IIP)

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