What is Counselling & Psychotherapy?
Counselling and Psychotherapy is often called the talking cure. People use this form of therapy for many reasons: to understand themselves better, to come to terms with traumas and losses, enhance relationships and to be able to make changes in their lives. Some people feel at the end of their tether and are looking for support , others want to develop themselves. It can be a relief to talk to someone who listens wholeheartedly and doesn't have an agenda for you.
What is Integrative Psychotherapy?
There are many different approaches to counselling and psychotherapy. These have developed over the 20th Century and continue to develop today. Integrative Psychotherapy is influenced by different theorists rather than one particular school of therapy. The integrative therapist uses theory and practical experience to understand each client, usually providing a relational approach. This means that the therapist reflects on the aspects of relating to one another as a way of understanding the clients experience of relationships in the past and the present. It also means that the therapist is not a remote figure, interpreting what you say, but will engage in the relationship with you wholeheartedly.
Each experience of therapy is as different as the two people doing it, the client and the therapist. At Hut Psychotherapy the client and I work collaboratively. I will not be looking for pathology, making diagnoses or setting out specific goals and homework. We will be developing a working relationship to attend to your needs.
I will set aside a time, usually 50 minutes, once a week, and will make time to talk with you about thoughts, feelings, behaviours and experiences. Sometimes this is focussed in the present and sometimes it will reflect on the past. Usually it is a mixture of both past and present. Therapy can sometimes be challenging, especially when thinking and talking about difficult issues. As an integrative therapist I will often reflect on what the client says, noticing what is said and unsaid and offering connections, which might be new ground. I will also notice what happens between us, since this can sometimes illuminate how past patterns of relating are repeated in the present.
I have recommended some books and web links which are helpful if you wish to find out more about Integrative Therapy before you come along.
What is a Walking- Talking appointment?
For some people sitting still in a room, face-to-face with a therapist can be anxiety provoking. If you feel that having a traditional appointment will not suit you, perhaps meeting with me and taking a gentle walk together, while still talking about the issues troubling you, can be a useful alternative.
It is important to meet first and go through an assessment of needs, which does include some note-taking. So the first meeting might still be face-to-face in the therapy room. However it can be shorter than an hour and the therapist and client will discuss what the best approach is together. If a walking-talking appointment seems like a good idea then a regular appointment can be made to meet at a pre-defined location. In Weston-super-Mare this might be along the beach or promenade. In Bristol this could be on The Downs. Together we will walk and talk at the same time.