I incorporate person-centred, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural therapy into how I work, forming an integrative approach with my clients where appropriate
CBT is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and behaviours are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle. CBT is a form of therapy that aims to help you deal with overwhelming problems in a more positive way by breaking them down into smaller parts. CBT is directive in that the client is shown how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel by being given tools and techniques to try out. Traditionally CBT deals with your current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past and searches for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis. However, being trained primarily as a Gestalt Therapist who looks at ways to improve my clients' state of mind, I will also work with how past patterns of behaviours and thoughts may have become fixed in the present moment.
Person-centred therapy is a humanistic approach that deals with the ways in which individuals perceive themselves consciously, rather than how a therapist can interpret their unconscious thoughts or ideas. The therapist in this approach works to understand an individual’s experience from their perspective. The therapist values their clients perspective and all aspects of their humanity while aiming to be open and genuine. This is vital in helping the client feel accepted, and better able to understand their own feelings. This approach can help clients to reconnect with their inner values and sense of self-worth, thus enabling them to find their own way to move forward and progress.
Psychodynamic therapy is based on psychoanalytic ways of understanding personal and emotional development. It examines the way we see and relate to the world, and how this has developed for each individual through relationships made in infancy, childhood, and later life. Psychodynamic understands that disturbances in our earlier relationships can produce ongoing vulnerabilities, fixed patterns of behaviours, difficulties and ways of relating to others which can cause problems in later life. Incorporating psychodynamic therapy, in a similar way to Gestalt therapy it looks at where old patterns may be repeated but can be understood and thought about in ways that allow people to change.