I was always the one in the crowd that people would come to when they needed some help or support, even from my young age. I think it was partially due to my upbringing - my parents were teachers so I thought I needed to be well behaved, kind and help others whenever I could. Later on I felt my own experience, natural common sense or wisdom and skills are not enough to help people live more fully. I found it exciting that I actually can be a professional "helper, supporter" and see people's lives changed for better, many times for good. This is always very rewarding for me to see.
Integrative therapy uses various tools from well established approaches, not only one. Therefore this can be applied the best, in my opinion, to different needs for different clients as we all are unique and special, in our own ways, so everyone's needs are slightly different. Integrative approach enables counsellors to tailor their sessions more precisely to the needs of particular clients - that's the beauty of it.
I trained as person-centred counsellor but I definitely believe in variety of approaches so many times I add different tools from other modalities that I find helpful for my clients. Everyone is different and therefore we all have different needs that have to be met in order for a person to function well, live in a healthy way regarding themselves and their relationships and generally thrive, be content in life. So I do use integrative approach.
1. First - getting my degree (re-qualifying which wasn't that easy, after many years of working in the office and while looking after 2 children), later on establishing my own Private Practise some years ago 2. Successfully growing my Private Practise, not only with the amount of clients 3. but also quality of my work, as I believe, as I take seriously my Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and keep attending workshops and courses that relate to my clients' work, and using that knowledge & skills and gained experience for the benefit of my clients