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. As an integrative therapist I use theory and practical experience to understand each client, providing a relational approach. This means that together we will reflect on your experience of relationships in the past and in the present- the 'back then', the 'out there' and the 'in here'. It also means that I am 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 you 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.
We will both set aside a time, usually 50 minutes, once a week, to talk about your thoughts, feelings, behaviours and experiences. Therapy can sometimes be challenging, especially when thinking and talking about difficult issues. As an integrative therapist I often reflect on what you, the client, says, noticing what is said and unsaid and offering connections, which can be a new way of looking at things. 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 below, 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, online or over the phone. 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.