What is integrative therapy? At it’s core, integrative therapy believes that your therapy should be unique to you. It draws upon a range of psycho-therapeutic techniques to meet your needs as an individual. Encompassing a wide range of psycho-therapeutic disciplines, it is more flexible and inclusive than traditional forms of therapy.
Change can be quick and easy. I am trained in a wide range of therapeutic modalities which I weave into sessions. This combination of techniques helps ensure that movement towards your desired outcome happens as effectively as possible. I draw upon techniques from counselling theory and selected psychological interventions, CBT and an array of styles of hypnosis as well as psychosensory interventions such as EMDR, IEMT and TFT. Each session is tailored to you and we can discuss what approaches you think would be most effective, or we can just go with the flow and see what feels appropriate in the moment.
I mainly work with a solution focused approach. This means looking forward to the goals and changes that you want, helping you create a bridge from where you are now to where you would like to be. When considering what the best approach for you is, I reflect upon your individual characteristics, needs, preferences, abilities and beliefs.
I believe that effective communication is incredible important, both within the therapeutic relationship and in interactions with the rest of the world. To help my clients achieve their best outcomes possible I spend time modelling and teaching effective communication. This includes various communication models and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques.
What do you need to do?
During our sessions you will learn techniques and tools that you can implement in your life. You’ll gain confidence throughout the course of therapy that your goals are attainable. Therapy is an active process, unfortunately you can’t come to see me and have me ‘fix’ all your problems without your input.
You’ll also learn self-hypnosis. I’ll teach you a number of methods to move yourself into a hypnotic state. Once in this state you’ll learn to use the power of positive suggestion and visualisation. Regularly practicing these techniques, completing mutually agreed upon tasks will help cement the changes that you’re making.
You’ll listen to recordings between our sessions as well as carry out various exercises which help cement the changes you want to make. During the course of therapy you will gain confidence as you see the changes occur in your life. When our work together concludes you’ll know that you have the tools you need to achieve your goals.
Below I outline some of the diverse range of therapeutic techniques that I draw from in the therapy process.
Clinical hypnotherapy can help you understand and take control of your thoughts and behaviour, allowing you to change patterns. Working together, we can communicate with the unconscious mind, helping to create solutions to problems.
Hypnotherapy has many psychological and physical health benefits which have been backed up by clinical research. Simply by entering a hypnotic trance state you can significantly improve the quality of your sleep afterwards.
Suggestions which are given during hypnosis have been shown to significantly reduce anxiety and depression, leaving clients feeling happier, more confident and less stressed.
Physical health conditions also respond extremely well to hypnotherapy, with NICE (UK) recommending hypnotherapy as the gold-standard treatment for medication irritable bowel syndrome. There have also been scores of research trials showing hypnotherapy’s efficacy in managing chronic pain, fibromyalgia and helping ease the psychological and emotional impacts of cancer. I’ve spent considerable time researching auto-immune health conditions and have developed a course of treatment using hypnotherapy which is showing promising results in relieving symptoms.
Research shows that establishing a regular mindfulness practice can help relieve many mental health conditions. These include stress, anxiety and depression as well as chronic pain. Meditation might feel a little scary or unfamiliar initially, but with support you can easily learn these techniques and implement them into your life. By learning to focus on the here and now you naturally reduce levels of anxiety. When you are absorbed in the present you cannot be worrying about what might or might not happen.
I semi-regularly run mindfulness groups both in Colliers Wood, South London as well as online. If you’d like to take part in a group please contact me for more information.
Psycho-sensory techniques can effectively and easily resolve a wide array of issues which stem from prolonged stress or trauma. When a person experiences long term stress or trauma the body and mind undergo changes. These changes affect how memories and experiences are processed. Psycho-sensory techniques work using scientifically accredited principles to dissolve the bond between the event and the emotional response in your memory. You will still be able to recall the event, you retain all of your memories but your emotional responses will be different.
Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is like learning the language of your mind. The interventions are quick and deceptively simple, but they are effective. In just a few minutes you can learn techniques that will boost your mood, help you be more productive and get clear on what your goals and values are. Using NLP techniques will aid your progress through the course of therapy. You might notice that it seems like I’m speaking your language. Like hypnotherapy NLP taps into the unconscious mind, this enables fast and effective change.
Research into these third-wave therapies over the last two decades has shown that by slowing down and being in the present moment we become happier, more resilient and better able to cope with the stresses that life throws at us.
When we learn to accept where we are at the current moment, and bring compassion to the way we think about ourselves, we find that we feel less stuck and more resourceful.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) looks at the thoughts that drive feelings and behaviours. By becoming aware of and working to change these thoughts we can experience different feelings about our situation. “It not the event that’s the problem, it’s how we feel about it” is a commonly used statement in therapy and CBT works to help you become aware of unhelpful patterns of thinking. When you start to feel differently about situations it opens up the possibility of acting in different ways.