An integrative approach takes the stance that no single theory is universally accepted in current psychotherapeutic thought. In my own practice, this means that I approach you and the work we do together in a flexible spirit, rather than from one fixed theoretical standpoint, so that your own unique way of being with yourself and with others – and with me in the therapy room – can unfold and be met respectfully.
Throughout our work together I hold in mind supporting your strength while also exploring what the unconscious might be communicating. At different times my attention might for instance be drawn to your embodied experience, dreams, creative expression, your life narrative and aspects of the therapeutic relationship.
Arts and Imagination
Words alone can sometimes feel inadequate to describe feelings and experiences. Drawing upon the arts and imagination can aid expression and inner exploration; opening up new perspectives, and leading to richer and often surprising insights.
Because the emphasis is on exploration and expression, there is no need to have any artistic ability to find the arts beneficial. Nor is there any obligation to use any of the art forms offered.
“I found I could say things with colours and shapes which I couldn’t say in any other way-things I had no words for.”
In Jungian sand play, through a process of quiet active imagination with hundreds of miniature figures to choose from, images and symbols which live in our unconscious are given the opportunity to move, to speak, and to transform.
“Until we make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” -Carl Jung
For more information or to book an initial consultation, contact Catherine.