Every integrative psychotherapist uses a selection of different therapies to help you achieve your goals. You can learn how the different therapies we offer can be helpful in the paragraphs below.
To learn more about our step-by-step approach to helping you achieve your goals, click here.
CBT can be helpful for dealing with specific issues such as: anxiety, depression, phobias; or addressing a specific problem e.g. managing anxiety at work, managing a particular relationship more positively etc.
If you like to think about your problems in a structured manner and then develop skills and techniques to gain more control in managing and addressing your difficulties, this approach may suit you.
Sessions begin with identifying and clarifying your problem(s), then collaboratively agreeing “homework” tasks, which you then experiment with in order to identify the techniques that are most effective for you. (Tasks might include: writing diaries, thought records, experimenting with different behaviours and noting the outcomes, creating charts and using them to measure the effectiveness of different experiments etc.).
Life coaching approaches can provide a useful tool bag of exercises and techniques to help you clarify what you want to achieve. Sessions can include clarifying goals and developing useful, step by step plans to achieve goals. Written exercise can be used to help you identify blocks to making the changes you want, and identify strategies to help you move forward. To help you remove more stubborn, complex, blocks to change, we use some of the psychotherapy techniques listed below.
This approach can feel quite energising because the focus is on identifying your existing strengths which we can always uncover – even if you think you don’t have any, and then building on these to address current problems. If you like doing homework tasks, these can be devised and then used to find effective methods for addressing your problems. If you don’t like the idea of “structure homework tasks” this approach can still be effective.
The key element of a psychotherapeutic approach is that it explores your history so you can understand how experiences and behaviour patterns, learnt in the past, affect your current life in ways you had not realised. This approach can be very powerful in helping you understand the roots to particular problems. It also provides some useful ways of helping you understand and overcome them. Psychotherapy, can often be reflective in it’s approach, so at KlearMinds we like to integrate active therapies into the work, these can sometimes be very useful, in speeding up the process of change.
There are many different forms of psychotherapy and at KlearMinds in addition to the therapies listed above, we also integrate a range of approaches, which are detailed below.
This approach views you and therapist as equal partners in the psychotherapeutic relationship, and considers you as the expert on your experience whilst the therapist is expert in theories of understanding and working with psychological difficulties. This view underpins all of our work.
Gestalt experimental techniques can help shed new light on a particular problem and also uncover alternative ways to consider and respond to situations. This can lead to more satisfying outcomes.
Developmental Psychotherapy and Neuropsychology
Research behind these theories helps us understand why we want or long for certain things in relationships, that we do not seem to be able to obtain. It sheds light on biological and physiological mechanisms which impact emotions and what we can do to alleviate, understand and soothe deep emotional pain.
Clients who feel compelled to act in ways they would prefer not to, often find this approach illuminating.
Person Centred Psychotherapy
This approach takes the view that we are essentially good natured but that the vicissitudes of life may make us feel twisted inside. It recommends that the therapist adopt an attitude which includes respect, positive regard and being “real” in the therapeutic relationship. This view underpins all our work with you. You can learn more about person centred psychotherapy by clicking here.
This approach emphasises understanding our past history and how it impacts our present being in the world. It can help us to understand how our view of the world as a child can be transferred into the present and trigger old feelings and behaviours that don’t serve us well anymore. It can be useful for increasing an awareness of “triggers” that can set off problematic behaviour and very powerful or overwhelming feelings. You can learn more about psychodynamic psychotherapy by clicking: here
We tend to use other approaches (e.g. CBT, solution focussed, gestalt) to support you in identifying ways to manage difficult “triggers” and the behaviour and emotions evoked by them.
This approach provides some useful ways of helping us understand how we communicate with ourselves internally (i.e. what goes on in our heads) as we manage and relate to current and past relationships.
Developing an awareness of our inner dialogue can help us to identify old strategies that may have been useful when they were formed but may not be useful or appropriate, in our current life.
Often these internal dialogues take place without us even realising how we speak to ourselves. Becoming aware of these dialogues, can enhance our capacity to identify what we might want to change in ourselves, in order to experience a more satisfying life.
This approach can help you appraise the world you live in now and identify what you can and cannot change. This includes exploring how to work with the limits of your environments, both past and present, in order to achieve the changes you want. We integrate this approach throughout all our work because many clients tell us they find it empowering and energising. To learn more about existential psychotherapy click here.
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