We are primarily trained in a Humanistic Integrative Approach.
The Humanistic aspect focuses on the individual as a whole. It encourages people to think about their feelings and take responsibility for their thoughts and actions. The emphasis is on self-development and achieving your highest potential rather than on problematic behaviour. Gestalt therapy, person-centred therapy, transactional analysis and transpersonal therapy are all humanistic approaches.
The Integrative approach in a counselling/therapy session considers your mental, physical and emotional needs. Your therapist will use techniques and tools from different modalities to tailor an individual approach for you. An integrative counsellor aims to build a trusting and non-judgmental relationship that helps you develop self-awareness. When you understand the causes of your concerns or triggers for your behaviour, you can confidently set goals and develop new behaviours to improve your satisfaction with life.
However, some Counsellors, Therapists, and Coaches hold additional certificates on top of their primary training. You can see a full list of what we offer further along on this page!
Integrative therapists are trained in a range of approaches and modalities, some are offered as stand-alone therapies, some integrate into sessions. Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, HeartMath Resilience and NLP can deepen and enrich sessions. Some provide new skills to manage mood, improve confidence and develop new ways to thrive more in life. Trained Integrative therapists can tailor approaches to suit your individuality and needs.
Person-Centred counselling sessions, provide you with a safe and confidential space to talk and explore your feelings without judgment. Sessions typically last 50 minutes and can help you to process distressing emotions and challenging situations.
Emotionally focused therapy (EFIT) is an approach for developing a secure and resilient relationship with self and others. Therapists who have trained in this approach can help you understand your own and others’ emotions and address any insecurities and conflicts so you can better interact in a more responsive and emotionally connected way.
Coaching can help you develop your personal capabilities, interpersonal skills and capacity to understand and empathise with others. We offer this as a stand-alone service for private sessions and as an integrative approach in our other services. Please get in touch with us to book a friendly 20-minute no-obligation conversation to discuss if this is the right service for you. These sessions last 50 minutes.
Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR)
This therapy treatment resolves symptoms resulting from disturbing and traumatic life experiences. Studies show that when in REM sleep, we can make new associations between things very rapidly. EMDR is designed to tap into this high-speed processing mode that we all have, helping the brain to process the unresolved memories and make them less distressing.
Simple techniques to create alignment between our brain, heart and feelings, based on over 25 years of scientific research. Monitors can show the connection between the heart and the brain, which can help you reduce stress, find balance, and build resilience. Understanding this communication and its relationship to managing stress increases coherence and deepens our connection to self and others.
The name Gestalt is derived from the German for ‘whole’ or ‘pattern’. Therapists can help you to focus on the here and now and your immediate thoughts, feelings and behaviour to better understand how you relate to others and to situations. This can help you find a new, positive perspective on problems and bring about changes in your life. Gestalt therapy often includes acting out scenarios and dream recall and is effective in treating issues such as anxiety, stress, addiction, tension and depression.
NLP combines cognitive behavioural and humanistic therapies with hypnotherapy. It works on the theory that life experiences, from birth onwards, programme the way you see the world. Practitioners help you to discover how you have learnt to think or feel so that you can take control of your actions. They will also look at your successes, so you can use these to develop further successful skills and behaviours.NLP is generally used as an additional way of working with other types of therapy rather than on its own.
CBT aims to help you change the way you think and what you do.
Rather than looking at past causes, it focuses on current problems and practical solutions to help you feel better now. If we view a situation negatively, we may experience negative emotions and feelings which lead us to behave in an unhelpful way. Your therapist will help you identify and challenge any negative thinking so you can deal with situations better and behave in a more positive way. CBT can be helpful for depression, anxiety, stress, phobias, obsessions, eating disorders and managing long term conditions
Transactional analysis is a comprehensive approach that incorporates aspects of humanistic, cognitive-behavioural and psychodynamic therapy. It categorises the human personality into three states – Parent, Adult and Child – which can help you understand how you interact with others. Therapists also look at how your beliefs and the way you interpret the world around you can create recurrent and problematic patterns of behaviour and work with you to help you change.