“Integration involves drawing complementary theories from different psychotherapeutic approaches and blending them based on certain core principles. These core principles are that the client-therapist relationship is an essential aspect of healing and that our relationships and development as children affects subsequent relationships and our way of being in the here and now. If aspects of us are not supported as children, they do not fully develop and cannot integrate seamlessly into our personality. Integrative Psychotherapy aims to understand the client’s development story, helping them to change old patterns of behaviour and to learn new ones.” – SPTI 2021
My interactional style is to work collaboratively with each individual client valuing the process of relationship which can act as a model of support for engagement. Relational development can help provide insights into the self that may offer exploration and narrative. Through this understanding we can acknowledge the internal and external barriers people create that may relate to difficulties each person experiences. This can support self-awareness and personal empowerment.
I am also interested in the neurobiology of psychotherapy and the body mind link when it comes to integration. There is a plethora of research supporting the impact of relational trauma on the body and its place within psychology. Giving attention to this in my practice helps support the idea that we are a whole integrated system.
I am constantly developing as a therapist and as a person through further training, regular monthly supervision and my own personal therapy which is necessary for working both effectively and ethically. The interpersonal nature of relational therapy means that the therapist is very much a part of the therapeutic experience. This involves a willingness to accept the feelings, thoughts and experiences that come about in therapy. In this way both client and therapist walk a pathway of exploration together.