I believe all therapists are so-called "wounded healers" and so I have likely been drawn to it on some level as part of my own journey. This work has touched me deeply and it is hugely rewarding to watch clients reap the benefits as well. Having tried various other professional roles before qualifying, I realised I needed work that is meaningful, challenging, which reflects my values and which can make a lasting positive impact on people. Being a therapist has all of these in spades!
Integrative therapy allows the therapist to be flexible and to draw from a wide pool of resources in order to meet the client's needs. The client needn't bend to fit the therapy, as may be the case with certain singular modalities. Integrative therapy allows for curiosity, creativity and even some experimentation, opening up an array of possibilities for the client and their recovery rather than funneling them down a pre-determined pathway.
My sessions are client-led and as such the client sets the tone and pace. I will offer myself as a fellow human. Although I am a qualified professional, I try my best to break down, as much as possible, barriers of power and differences between myself and the client so that they may get the most out of our working relationship. My role is to be supportive, non-judgmental and to uphold client autonomy at all times. I offer reflections on what is discussed during sessions as a means of exploration. Where appropriate, I offer psychoeducation and strategies/techniques that may be useful for dealing with particular issues that arise.
My role within the NHS Giving a lecture/presentation on complex trauma Private practice