What is Integrative Psychotherapy?
We humans are complex, dynamic, and multi-layered beings; effective therapy must be too! We are not purists when it comes to our approach to therapy, rigidly adhering to one technique as the singular means by which change happens. Instead, we are Integrative therapists. Our core belief is that as human beings, the door to change opens when we feel safe, loved and respected within a relationship, particularly the relationship between client and therapist. We are relational therapists that stand on the foundational duty for us to work together to build a relationship that foremost recognizes the beauty of your unique humanity, your strengths, the reality of your wounds, and your unique and innate resources that hold the promise for your future better self.
From this foundational relationship that celebrates your uniqueness and potential, we are continually drawing from a host of evidenced-based therapeutic techniques to support your healing and growth in wellness, whatever your therapeutic goals might be.
Common modalities that we might integrate:
Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
focusing on the cause-and-effect relationship between our thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and challenging false negative beliefs to rebalance the relationship between these.
one of many holistic approaches to therapy, focuses on the role of Spirit, recognizing that we humans are more than just mind and body, but are transcendent beings in relationship with other beings – human and non-human – past present and future. Your spiritual beliefs are tools to help explore various levels of consciousness and resources of strength or for more harmonious living.
typically understood as one of the more depth-oriented modalities, investigates the roots of suffering through reflection on the experience of being in relationship. The highest value is placed on the genuineness of the relationship between you, the client, and I, the therapist, and this becomes the portal through which relational patterns are explored and healed.
Dialectical Behavioral (DBT)
focusing on establishing greater control over our emotions through mindfulness, emotional regulation, effective interpersonal communication skills, and increasing tolerance for distress.
seeking to give voice to the many sub-personalities or parts that make up our inner mind. These parts are well-intentioned, but may also hold wounds, causing inner conflict. Parts work lovingly makes space to hear the stories of these parts, and seeks to heal them by reconnecting them with the inner Self, the core essence of us that is whole, resourced, and the seat of wellness.
through grounding techniques, breath work, tracking, attention to movement, self-regulation, and titration, a safe space can be created for the body to gradually let go of deeply held trauma responses.
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
focusing on the possibilities and potential accessible now, as opposed to the problem, seeks to take inventory of strengths and available resources, and collaboratively brainstorm solutions to challenges that are realistic and respectfully tailed to you.