INTEGRATIVE THERAPY

I am an integrative psychotherapist, offering you the opportunity to explore personal issues in a confidential environment.  This helps you develop your own unique sense of yourself which brings clarity and a renewed sense of purpose, paving the way for you to move forward pro-actively.

As well as "talking therapy" I also offer various creative resources, including Jungian sandplay.  This is suitable for all ages and not the same as "play therapy".  It is deceptively simple - a powerful yet gentle non verbal way of working with deep levels of experience.   

Integrative counselling is a combined approach to psychotherapy that brings together different elements of specific therapies. Integrative therapists take the view that there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations....
The integrative approach also refers to the infusion of a person’s personality and needs - integrating the affective, behavioural, cognitive, and physiological systems within one person, as well as addressing social and spiritual aspects. Essentially, integrative counsellors are not only concerned with what works, but why it works - tailoring therapy to their clients and not the client to the therapy.
— http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/integrative-therapy.html
 Siana McGarvey Counselling Belfast

I am committed to exploring carefully with you your needs, wishes and goals prior to engaging in any therapeutic work.  This takes place through an Assessment session, during which we are actually both assessing together whether I am a good "match" for you and the work you need to do at this time.  You will get a good idea of what it is like to speak with me during this session and, if appropriate, I will highlight for you any other services which you might benefit from.  An Assessment can be complete in itself or it can lead to a decision to go ahead and plan ongoing sessions.    

The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy have produced a fact sheet about the first meeting which you may find helpful:

https://www.bacp.co.uk/media/1919/bacp-what-happens-in-your-first-session-kf3.pdf

After the Assessment, if we decide to proceed counselling usually takes place weekly and is reviewed regularly to ensure your needs are being met.