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WHAT IS Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a helping activity, which involves a therapist and an individual who is experiencing difficulties in life, either emotional or psychological distress, spending time exploring these difficulties. The aim is to uncover an understanding of their origin and meaning and in doing so, to find a way to live a life that is not defined by these difficulties.

We are all influenced by experiences we have, some of them remembered and some of them forgotten. 

WHAT IS Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy?

Humanistic and integrative psychotherapy is an approach to psychotherapy that combines elements of both humanistic and integrative therapies.

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Humanistic Psychotherapy:

Humanistic psychotherapy is a therapeutic approach that focuses on the individual's unique experiences, personal growth, self-actualisation, and self-discovery. It is based on the belief that individuals have an innate capacity for personal growth and self-awareness. Key principles of humanistic therapy include empathy, unconditional positive regard, and congruence (genuineness) on the part of the therapist. Prominent humanistic approaches include person-centred therapy, gestalt therapy, and existential therapy.

Integrative Psychotherapy:

Integrative psychotherapy is an approach that combines techniques and ideas from various therapeutic modalities to create a tailored treatment plan for each client. It acknowledges that different clients may benefit from different therapeutic approaches, and the therapist integrates elements from these approaches to suit the client's unique needs and circumstances. This approach is client-centred and flexible, allowing the therapist to draw from various psychological theories and techniques.

How can it help you?

Humanistic and integrative psychotherapy can be beneficial in several ways:

Personal Growth: This approach encourages self-exploration and personal development, helping you better understand yourself and your emotions.

Emotional Well-Being: By offering a safe and non-judgmental space, it can help you process and manage emotions, stress, anxiety, and depression.

Self-Discovery: It facilitates self-discovery, helping you identify your values, beliefs, and life goals.

Improved Relationships: Therapy can enhance your interpersonal skills and communication, leading to healthier relationships.

Flexibility: Integrative psychotherapy allows for a tailored approach, ensuring that the therapy is adapted to your unique needs and concerns.

Problem-Solving: It can assist you in developing coping strategies and problem-solving skills to address life's challenges.

Resilience: By promoting self-acceptance and self-empowerment, it can increase your resilience in dealing with adversity.

To benefit from humanistic and integrative psychotherapy, it's essential to find a qualified and experienced therapist who can guide you through the process. The success of therapy often depends on the rapport you build with your therapist and your commitment to self-exploration and personal growth. It can be an effective approach for a wide range of issues and concerns, but it's essential to consult with a therapist to determine if it's the right fit for you.

Humanistic psychotherapy sees every individual as utterly unique, and sees that each person has within them the potential to become who they really are.

Individuals may decide to seek psychotherapy because of a crisis in their life, or because they are seeking meaning in life. The humanistic and integrative therapist offers the client the possibility of working in a way that integrates the totality of who they are, mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. The work is done through talking therapy, and through other modalities such as through listening to the body, through art or dreams which can help the individual develop insight into how they are in the world. This can also help uncover how they could be in the world, and how they might bring this about. 

It is a hopeful therapy as it acknowledges that every individual has a unique worth, is deserving of respect, and has the capacity for growth within themselves.

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