"People start to heal the moment they are heard"
- C. Richardson
Don't worry if you are unsure of what therapeutic approach will work for you. I have an integrative approach to therapy, which means that I work with clients in a way that is most suited to them, by drawing on a number of different therapeutic models, listed below.
The psychodynamic approach is derived from psychoanalysis. It stresses the importance of the unconscious and past experience in shaping current behaviour.
A therapist will aim to build an accepting and trusting relationship, encouraging you to talk about your childhood relationships with your parents and other significant people. It also uses similar techniques to psychotherapy, including free association, interpretation and especially transference, where feelings you experienced in previous significant relationships may be projected onto the therapist or other people in your life.
A psychodynamic therapist will allow you the space to 'self reflect' in order to discover your communication habits that may have worked for you in previous relationships but cause barriers in your current relationships. It may also help to point out how you are affected by the communication of others.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - (CBT)
CBT aims to help you change the way you think (cognitive) and what you do (behaviour). Rather than looking at past causes, it focuses on current problems and practical solutions to help you feel better now.
The way we think about situations affects the way we feel and behave. 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.
Neuro-linguistic programming - (NLP)
NLP combines cognitive behavioural and humanistic therapies with hypnotherapy. It works on the theory that life experiences, from birth on wards, 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.
Systemic therapy aims to change the patterns of communication between members of a system (family, workplace, relationship etc).
Systemic therapy can also be used as a generic term for family therapy and marital therapy.