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Integrative Psychotherapy

A Holistic Approach to Mental Health

Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, or other mental health concerns? Are you unsure about which type of therapy would be most beneficial for you? If so, integrative psychotherapy may be worth exploring. 

 

What is Integrative Psychotherapy?

 

Integrative psychotherapy is a holistic approach to mental health that combines elements of different therapeutic models. Instead of adhering to a single theoretical orientation, integrative psychotherapy draws from a variety of approaches, such cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, humanistic therapy, and others. This approach recognises that each client is unique and may benefit from different therapeutic techniques.

 

Benefits of Integrative Psychotherapy

 

One of the major benefits of integrative psychotherapy is that it is highly individualised. By drawing from a variety of therapeutic approaches, an integrative therapist can tailor treatment to meet the specific needs of each client. This approach recognises that what works for one person may not work for another.

 

Integrative psychotherapy also promotes a collaborative relationship between the therapist and the client. Instead of the therapist being the expert who tells the client what to do, the therapist and client work together to identify the client's goals and develop strategies to achieve them.

Another benefit of integrative psychotherapy is that it can be more flexible than other types of therapy. As the therapeutic relationship develops, the therapist may adjust their approach to best meet the needs of the client. This flexibility can be especially helpful for clients who are dealing with complex mental health concerns.

 

How Does Integrative Psychotherapy Differ From Other Forms of Therapy?

 

As previously mentioned, integrative psychotherapy draws from a variety of therapeutic models. This differs from other forms of therapy that adhere to a single theoretical orientation, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, which focuses on changing negative patterns of thought and behaviour.

 

Integrative psychotherapy also differs from other forms of therapy in that it recognizes the importance of the therapeutic relationship. Instead of focusing solely on the client's symptoms, integrative psychotherapy collaboratively addresses the root cause of the issues, and seeks to build a strong therapeutic alliance between the therapist and client. This relationship is viewed as essential for promoting healing and growth.

 

Finally, integrative psychotherapy differs from other forms of therapy in its emphasis on the whole person. Integrative therapists recognize that mental health is influenced by a variety of factors, including physical health, social support, and life experiences. As such, they work to address all aspects of the client's life, not just their symptoms.

 

If you are struggling with mental health concerns, integrative psychotherapy may be an effective treatment option. By drawing from a variety of therapeutic models and emphasizing the therapeutic relationship, integrative therapy can help you achieve your goals and promote overall well-being. If you would like to know more about how I can support you, please feel free to reach out to schedule an appointment or to learn more about my services.

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My approach is warm and person-centred, and I draw from a range of theories and passions, such as Attachment theory, Psychodynamics, Existentialism, Developmental Psychology, Systems theory, Literature and Philosophy.

I am incredibly passionate about psychotherapy, not just as a method of integrating the past, but understanding ourselves in the present. As such, I also work with individuals who are seeking deeper self-understanding and growth.

As a humanistic practitioner, I’m an advocate for my client’s interests. My role is to help my clients understand what kind of problem they face, and through dialogue, to disentangle and classify its components and meaning. I strive to help them find the best solutions: an integrative approach compatible with their own belief system yet aligned with time-honoured principles of wisdom that help in leading a more resonant and fulfilling life. 

Areas of Interest

  • ASD/ADHD

  • Anxiety & Depression

  • Trauma

  • Relationships

  • Existential & Spiritual Issues

  • Attachment Disturbances

  • Grief & Loss

  • Self Development

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NB: My practice is open to people of diverse backgrounds and identities. I do my best to make this work accessible to people of different economic status, determining fees in part based on client means.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect in a therapy session? In a therapy session, you can expect to talk with a mental health professional about your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. They may ask questions to help you explore these topics, and may offer insights or suggestions to help you work towards your goals.

Do you offer Medicare rebates? Psychotherapy & Counselling is currently not included as a subsidised service through Medicare, meaning we cannot provide a rebate for mental health plans. If you are interested in therapy but hope to use a mental health plan, please reach out to discuss fees and payment options. You may be eligible for a limited amount of sessions through NDIS or your Private Health Insurance.

Can I stop therapy whenever I want? Yes, you can stop therapy whenever you want. However, it's a good idea to talk to your therapist about your reasons for wanting to stop therapy and to make a plan for how to manage your mental health going forward.

How long does therapy last? The length of therapy can vary depending on the individual and the type of therapy. Some people may see improvement in just a few sessions, while others may need more extensive treatment that lasts several months or even years.

Should I attend every week? The frequency of therapy sessions will depend on your individual needs and the recommendations of your therapist. Initially, it is common to attend therapy once a week, but this can be adjusted as needed.

What are your fees? My fee is $130 for a 55 min appointment. I offer a sliding scale based on financial situations and context, and I will never turn someone away for financial reasons. An after-hours fee of $20 applies for sessions after 5 PM

How do I prepare for my first therapy session? To prepare for your first therapy session, it can be helpful to think about your goals for therapy, any specific issues you want to address, and any questions you have for the therapist.

Will therapy help me? Therapy can be very helpful for many people, but the degree to which it helps varies from person to person. It's important to be open to the process and to work collaboratively with your therapist to get the most out of therapy.

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