What is integrative psychotherapy?

There may be many reasons why you are seeking therapy at this point in your life and an integrative therapist will work with you to understand yourself better.

Often we can feel that our lives are painful or unsatisfying or that we do not feel complete or whole within ourselves. An integrative therapist will help you to know about parts of yourself that you may be unaware of or have felt the need to disown at some stage. By understanding more about these aspects of yourself, it becomes more possible to live life more fully and spontaneously, with less fear and more courage. This can have a significant impact on your personal relationships or indeed your working life.

Integrative therapists are not solely committed to one approach but will be informed by a number of different theories and schools, working with you as an individual in the way that is most helpful.

What is psychoanalytic psychotherapy?

Like psychodynamic psychotherapy, psychoanalytic psychotherapy can help you to think about the difficulties you encounter in your life and how these may be related to unconscious patterns that you have developed over the years.

It is often the case that familiar ways of relating will emerge in the context of your relationship with your therapist and this can be both painful and transformative. Your therapist can help you to think about how painful feelings are connected to old ways of relating, often connected to early childhood experiences which you may not be aware of but can nevertheless have a significant impact on your adult life.

This is generally a long term therapy and clients will often attend between 1 to 4 sessions every week. The more often you attend, the more opportunity there is to work intensively with your therapist on deep rooted difficulties which may have affected you all your life. This process can last from months to years.

What is psychodynamic psychotherapy?

A psychodynamic psychotherapist will help you to think about your difficulties and how they may be connected to your patterns of relating to other people. Often the way we relate is established as a consequence of significant relationships we had in our early lives and this can have a real impact on the problems we find ourselves encountering as adults.

Whilst we might have a sense that there are certain recurring patterns that have emerged over the years, much of what we feel and do can be governed by unconscious processes and your therapist will help to bring these more into consciousness. It is often the case that these will emerge within the context of your relationship to your therapist and this can be a painful process. However, it can also be very useful as it provides you with an opportunity to make sense of how you feel about yourself and how you relate to other people.

This kind of therapy can help you work through deep rooted, painful feelings and establish new ways of being with yourself and others. The work can last from months to years and people generally attend once or twice a week.

What is CBT?

CBT is a short term therapy which can be helpful for people who suffer with depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic disorder and other conditions. The theory behind this kind of therapy is that we can often get trapped in cycles of negative thinking which can then have a serious impact on how we feel and how we behave.

In this kind of therapy, you will work with your therapist to make sense of your patterns of thinking and explore how they may have a significant impact on your mood and behaviour. You will be helped to challenge negative ways of thinking and find new strategies which could alleviate your symptoms.

Often the way we think is influenced by experiences we have already had in our lives and it can be hard to get out of the habit of interpreting new situations in old, unhelpful ways. Whilst the main focus of this kind of therapy is on practical strategies and present day problems, your therapist may also help you reflect on how your thoughts now have been influenced by old pattern

What is existential psychotherapy?

Existential therapy can be helpful for people who are interested in self exploration and view their suffering as part of the struggle we all face as human beings, rather than necessarily being a symptom of psychiatric illness.

It is a philosophical approach to therapy that is based on the idea that we are all confronted with certain aspects of existence which can cause us anxiety. We are all faced with the prospect of death at some point or another, we all struggle with our sense of being alone and wanting to feel connected to other people and it is not always easy to work out what gives our lives a sense of meaning.

An existential therapist will work with you in a non judgemental way to explore who you are and the areas of your life that cause you anxiety or distress. This can provide you with an opportunity to develop more self knowledge and enable you to live a more authentic life, in touch with a deeper sense of your life’s purpose.