Symphony Psychotherapy
& Counselling

When do you work?

I offer sessions on a number weekday evening and have some weekend appointment available

How does talking and Psychotherapy help?

Sometimes we can become so overwhelmed by our problems and the thoughts that circle those problems it can become hard to think clearly.
Talking to someone about those problems can help to clarify what the issues are and help to explore them from different points of view. This can start to allow us to think about them in different ways.
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What will I be expected to do in a therapy session?

Generally you will be asked to talk about what is troubling you in an honest way. You are not forced to do or say anything you do not want to and you cannot say anything wrong. Together we are trying to help you understand address the problems that have brought you to therapy and what you bring, or want to avoid, will help us piece together a better picture of you.

What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

There are many different definitions but the one I normally use is - Psychotherapy is commonly used for psychological problems that have had a number of years to accumulate and will generally consider the wider context of relationships around a client. Counselling is often used to look at the here and now problems without necessarily looking at depth of the origins of the problem. These only work if a trusting relationship can be built up between the client and the psychotherapist. Treatment can continue for several months, and even years. Psychotherapy and counselling may be practiced on a one-to-one basis, or in pairs, and even in groups. Generally, sessions occur about once a week and last one hour.

Psychologists generally view individual distress as the result of human relationship problems, rather than as the result of a personal disorder. A psychologist who specializes in psychotherapy will generally consider the wider context of relations within a family or at work.

How long will it take?

It is hard to give a definitive answer to this question as everyone is unique. As a broad rule of thumb I suggest 6 - 8 sessions to address a recent life event or for a mild to moderate problem. For issues that have had a number of years to develop and grow longer term therapy may be required. In all cases I avoid prolonging therapy for longer than is necessary.

What is Integrative Psychotherapy?

I feel the best answer to this can be found on the website of the Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy who say

"Integrative Psychotherapy refers to the bringing together of the affective, cognitive, behavioural, and physiological systems within a person, with an awareness of the social and transpersonal aspects of the systems surrounding the person. These concepts are utilized within a perspective of human development in which each phase of life presents heightened developmental tasks, need sensitivities, crises, and opportunities for new learning.

Integrative Psychotherapy takes into account many views of human functioning. The psychodynamic, client-centred, behaviourist, cognitive, family therapy, Gestalt therapy, body-psychotherapies, object relations theories, psycho-analytic self psychology, and transactional analysis approaches are all considered within a dynamic systems perspective. Each provides a partial explanation of behaviour and each is enhanced when selectively integrated with other aspects of the therapist's approach. The psychotherapy interventions used in Integrative Psychotherapy are based on developmental research and theories describing the self-protective defences used when there are interruptions in normal development.

The aim of an integrative psychotherapy is to facilitate wholeness such that the quality of the person's being and functioning in the intrapsychic, interpersonal and socio-political space is maximized with due regard for each individual's own personal limits and external constraints."