The Humanistic Approach
However, technique, interventions and skills of each type of therapy offered under the humanistic umbrella may differ. It is the relationship that is the predominant, underlying, healing factor.
The humanistic approach in psychotherapy has at its base a set of core beliefs and values about the nature of people. We believe every individual is unique and worthy of respect, this conveys itself in the therapist having a non- judgmental attitude.
Empathy is significant too, as we wish to increase our understanding of the clients inner world and do our best to understand and walk alongside a clients personal meanings and life experiences, validating them.
You are the best expert on yourself, although you may need support in finding the best way forward. We help to create an environment which enables you to increase this personal power, through increased self understanding, personal insight and awareness.
We believe in an individual's potential and it is an intention to create an empowering and supportive environment, that respects individuality, authenticity, uniqueness and autonomy. One that is inclusive of all experiences and one that celebrates difference and diversity.
Integrative means I utilise a number of different approaches in my practice, considering the ‘whole’ person. I see that there are connections between all counselling and psychotherapy approaches. As individuals we are the ‘sum’ of many parts. Therefore an aim is to better integrate those parts into a more connected, better understood whole. Integrative is about finding the best way to work with you and your needs and experiences. No one way fits all!
Working creatively can further aid us in our ability to make sense of ourselves in our attempt at increasing self awareness and understanding. Working creatively may at times create a necessary distance, helping individuals objectify what has happened or happening, providing a valuable resource in therapeutic work. Helping explore narratives, personal meanings, develop insights, new ways of being, telling your story through the use of pictures, written words and objects can be extremely beneficial.