That's a big question to answer and I have been asked many times before and I still can not actually pinpoint the moment I said to myself "I want to be a therapist". I have always been drawn to the psyche of the person even from a very young age. I was always told "you have a very wise head on young shoulders", I guess that was because I naturally understood peoples emotions and reacted to them empathically. Later in life I was naturally drawn to caring and supporting professions and just knew it was a natural path for me to follow. Picking the right time and having the funds to do was my only hold up.....thankfully 15 years ago I got my opportunity and now is exactly where I want to be!
We are all unique....what works for one person may not work for the next. This is how I see integrative therapy working as it's so adaptable...adapting to the individual and the uniqueness of that individual.
The therapy session belongs to the client and so my approach is always to be mindful of their needs and whether I can meet them. I allow the space to move freely and when I feel it is right for the client I may offer guidance, challenges or trying a different approach if the client feels "stuck" in any way. The session is bounded and held by my professionalism which includes working within the frameworks of ethical bodies.
I am very proud of recognising that I have the experience and knowledge to run a successful private practice. I still love to expand and adapt my knowledge and have in the past 12 months trained and qualified as an Online Therapist. Adding to the continued journey of learning and expanding knowledge I have recently undertook training to become an Eco/Walk & Talk Therapist.