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- Confidentiality: identity of group members and what is said in group is kept strictly confidential.
- Attendance: regular and punctual attendance is expected.
- Commitment: members are asked to make an initial three month commitment and give a months notice before leaving.
- No outside contacts: members don’t socialize with each other between sessions.
At the heart of Integrative Psychotherapy is a respectful and sensitive attunement to the client’s inner world. This helps create a foundation of safety and trust on which all other work in therapy is built.
As an Integrative Psychotherapist, I am trained to use a wide variety of approaches and styles to address the broad spectrum of issues people seek help with. Therapy may involve exploring walled off emotions, self limiting beliefs and self defeating behaviours. It may also involve breaking down old defensive walls which prevent us from having a deeper connection to our core self and prevent us from having more genuine and meaningful connections with others.
I believe that one of the most important factors in bringing about change is the quality of the relationship between the client and therapist. As a client, we need someone who can attune to us, accept us, support us, challenge us, help us see ourselves and the world in new ways, and most fundamentally, help us gain more awareness of ourselves: our thoughts, our feelings, our behaviour and our body.
For me, therapy is a creative and collaborative process between myself and my client. Together, we develop a highly individualized approach to the issues at hand in the context on each person’s unique life story, personality, current needs and circumstances.
There is no single approach or theory that is effective with everyone which is why Integrative Psychotherapy values versatility on the part of the therapist and an openness to new ideas and approaches to our work.
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Group therapy can be an adjunct to individual therapy or can stand alone as an effective and lower cost alternative.
It is suitable for adults of any age who have problems with depression, low self esteem, social anxiety, assertiveness, fear of emotions and difficulties with intimacy in relationships.
Group is not for those who are currently abusing drugs or alcohol, are feeling too overwhelmed by their problems to focus on others, or who have major disturbances of their thought processes.
How Group Works
The behaviour and feelings of group members mirror in important ways behaviour and feelings outside the group. Consequently, the group provides a setting in which to examine patterns of behaviour in relationships. The group also provides a safe place where members learn to identify, understand and express their feelings. The therapist helps facilitate this process.
Members make a commitment to talk about the important issues in their lives that cause difficulties in relating to others and in living life more fully. Members disclose at their own pace. They are also encouraged to talk about the thought and feelings they have about each other and what is happening in the group process. A commitment to real openness and honesty among group members is the key to effective group therapy.
The spirit of community which develops in group provides an experience of belonging many people have missed. This contributes to the sense of emotional support and enhances the process of psychological change and growth.
Group consists of up to 8 members plus the therapist. Meetings are held on a weekly basis and last approximately two hours. Groups are ongoing with new members joining as vacancies occur. There are a number of ground rules in place to foster the trust and stability necessary for group to work properly.
There is an initial 1-1 interview with the therapist to determine whether group is the right environment to address the particular issues prospective members are dealing with.
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