Karen and Heather are Humanistic Integrative Therapists.  This means that their therapeutic approach integrates different theories of counselling and therapy.  An overview of the approaches they draw upon are outlined below.

A Humanistic approach values:

  • The person as a whole and emphasises the self development and achievement of the individual's highest potential, enabling the client to think about their feelings and take responsibility for their thoughts and feelings.

Person Centred Therapy:

  • The therapist creates a supportive, non-judgemental environment in which the client can explore their experiences, thoughts and feelings and gain new perspectives on issues in order to develop their own solutions to problems.

Existential Therapy :

  • This approach involves a collaborative search for the "meaning" in your life.  What is personally important to you in order to live an authentic way of life and be "yourself".  It explores issues of every day existence, the struggles and paradoxes it may entail.  The therapy provides an opportunity to examine choices, freedom, responsibility, normal anxiety, guilt and shame.

Psychodynamic Therapy:

  • Together the client and therapist may explore the client's past and think about how events from the past may be shaping current behaviour.  Certain patterns may have been set in childhood that influence adulthood, particularly to do with relationships, in an unhelpful way. Often this is an unconscious process.  This approach can help an individual gain insight into unhelpful patterns of behaviour to enable change, if desired. It may, at least, facilitate acceptance of issues from our past that continue to impact our present.

 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy:

  • The therapist helps the client to identify unhelpful or destructive thoughts and behaviours and to use practical skills and tools to challenge problematic thought patterns or change behaviour. CBT focuses on thoughts, emotions, physical feelings and actions and how each can have an affect on the other.

Our approach relies on a therapeutic relationship between client and therapist, based on trust. To develop this relationship we are not judgemental and accept you for the individual you are. The relationship and bonds we form with you are the foundation of our work and an essential part of therapy. The work we do together reflects each individual's personal and evolving needs. 
 

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