Therapeutic Approaches I Work With
Psychodynamic therapy explores your past experiences and early family environment to help us to understand your current patterns of thinking, feeling and relating to others in the present. Difficulties, fears and dilemmas can then be safely explored with your therapist and the therapeutic relationship provides an opportunity to work through feelings that are likely to arise in therapy.
A central feature of psychodynamic therapy is working with transference – whereby feelings relating to previous relationships with important figures in your life, are projected onto the therapist. The therapist will help to guide you through this and process your emotional experiences as they occur. This approach is better suited to longer-term therapy, giving you more time to build a robust relationship with your therapist and the space to explore your emotional experiences at depth.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
CBT is an effective short-term (6-20 sessions) therapeutic approach that is best suited to addressing specific issues such as anxiety, low mood, phobias and eating disorders. The premise of CBT is that the way we think about a given situation (our cognitions) impacts on how we respond (our behaviour) and this in turn influences how we feel. Rather than focusing on past experiences and relationships, CBT explores current problems and helps you to identify the vicious circles that maintain them– from here, your therapist supports you in finding practical solutions. Typically, this involves homework tasks and goal setting in between sessions.
Integrative therapy draws on tools and techniques from a variety of therapeutic models, in order to provide a bespoke approach that is tailored to the individual’s needs. Your therapist may help you to set specific goals for therapy, whilst also allowing for the time and space to explore your difficulties holistically. This may include an exploration of previous relationships and barriers or blocks you have encountered in trying to achieve what you are aiming for in life. An integrative approach can be used for both short and long term therapy.