TYPES OF THERAPY
We recognise that the most important aspect of therapy is the relationship between you and your therapist. The basis of our practice is person-centred in that we believe in providing you with a safe space that is confidential, non-judgemental and based on trust. Here you can talk about whatever you may be struggling with and be listened to. Our Integrative Therapists may also bring aspects of some of the following types of therapy to suit you.
The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I change.
A person-centred therapist knows that you are the expert on yourself and no-one else knows what it is like to be you.
They will help you to explore your own issues, feelings, beliefs, behaviour, and worldview.
They will provide a safe, confidential space where you are accepted without judgement. This trusting and caring relationship will help you to accept and understand yourself better.
Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you.
Narrative therapy can be seen as a conversation with the therapist in which new meaning can be found.
Your story is central to the collaborative process which may involve 're-authoring' your story to find a new perspective or understanding, providing you with new insights, self-compassion and acceptance.
A process or discourse through which we bring things to light and try to understand who we are and how we want to live.
(Dr. Paul McGinley)
Existential therapy is a more philosophical approach to therapy that helps you to understand what matters to you and how you can live your life in a more satisfying and meaningful way.
Existential therapists often use what is happening here-and-now in therapy to help you connect with your feelings and form deeper connections with others. As with person-centred therapy, the relationship between client and therapist is an important aspect of the work.
Don't push the river, it flows by itself.
(Frederick S. Perls)
Gestalt therapy looks at the individual as a whole, and within their surroundings, rather than breaking things into parts. As in existential therapy, gestalt involves a focus on the here and now and your immediate thoughts, feelings and behaviour to better understand how you relate to others and to situations. This can help you find a new perspective on problems and bring about changes in your life.
Gestalt therapy sometimes includes acting out scenarios and dream recall.