Humanistic therapies focus on self-development, growth and responsibilities. They seek to help individuals recognise their strengths, creativity and choice in the 'here and now'.I draw from Trauma Informed Therapy, Third Wave CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Humanistic/Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Existential approaches to adapt the application of theory to individual clients.
My philosophy is that each person is unique and therefore no one approach suits all.
"CBT has been successfully used to help people with anxiety /depression, panic disorder, relationship problems, drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, psychosis, and most of the other difficulties that people bring to therapy". (Beck 2016).
"Science has demonstrated incontrovertibly that changing the way we think about emotional situations is among the most powerful ways to change emotions themselves."
Created in the 1950s by American psychologist, Carl Rogers, the person-centred approach ultimately sees human beings as having an innate tendency to develop towards their full potential. However, this ability can become blocked or distorted by our life experiences - particularly those that affect our sense of value.
Existential therapy is a unique form of psychotherapy that looks to explore difficulties from a philosophical perspective, rather than taking a technique-based approach.
Focusing on the human condition as a whole, existential therapy applauds human capacities and encourages individuals to take responsibility for their successes.
Gestalt therapy refers to a form of psychotherapy that derives from the gestalt school of thought.
It was developed in the late 1940s by Fritz Perls and is guided by the relational theory principle that every individual is a whole (mind, body and soul), and that they are best understood in relation to their current situation as he or she experiences it.
Polyvagal Theory (PTV)
A vital pathway between our gut and brain, the Vagal nerve has long been associated with mental health conditions.
Through psycho-education and an understanding of how our nervous system affects our emotional states and visa-versa, we can enable a shift from 'stuckness' from traumatic experience and dysregulation to subsequent healing and recovery.
Stephen Porges (1995)
Trauma Recovery Model
The Three stage Trauma Model
Establishment of Safety, grounding and stabilization.
Acknowledgment, morning, acceptance.
Integration, reconnection, sustaining.
Judith Herman (1993)
The Therapy i offer is underpinned by Psychodynamic concepts (Freud)...
"Childhood experiences greatly affect emotions and behaviours as adults".
My aim is to help clients find patterns in emotions, thoughts and beliefs in order to gain insight into their current self.