• Susan

What is Integrative Psychotherapy?

Updated: Apr 2, 2020

The kind of therapy I practice involves drawing from a variety of 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.

An important philosophy of my therapeutic approach is that it is the client, not the therapist, who sets the agenda for therapy. In other words, it's about what you want to get out of the process that is most important. I will of course offer guidance and feedback, but it's not my (or any therapist's) place to impose 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 a variety of tools and techniques to help you work with the challenges involved in this process. These tools will engage various patterns and aspects of the self; cognitive (thoughts and beliefs), emotional (wounds and traumas), and physical (body tension and nervous system "fight, flight or freeze" responses).

By experiencing these various layers of healing, within a safe therapeutic environment, you can gradually begin to apply these tools and insights to your daily life. This can eventually create important 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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