Integrative therapy is a form of talking therapy that draws together techniques from different therapeutic approaches.
It’s centered around the idea that as we are all individual beings with unique thoughts and experiences; no single form of therapy will work for all people.
This means that an approach will be tailored to you based on your individual wants and needs, rather than trying to fit you into a predefined system that may not be suited to you or may not be particularly helpful.
Some theories and techniques used may include Humanistic Therapies, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Psychodynamic Psychoanalytical Therapies.Read more about different types of therapy on the BACP website
One of the most important parts of this type of therapy is to help you feel recognised and understood; developing and maintaining trust between you and me, the therapist. Read on to get some more information on me and my background.
Hi, I’m Alex and I’ll be your counsellor.
I have always cared deeply about others and helping people to live better lives.
I am a professionally qualified integrative therapist and a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). I have experience helping with a wide range of problems and feelings you may be experiencing. Please see the list of some of the things I can help with here
My aim as a counsellor is to never judge, listen deeply and value you as an individual. I will always draw from my specialist training and experience to help you work through whatever comes up in our sessions. I feel strongly that counselling is never a weakness; it is always a strength and my hope is that with me, you will feel you have the help and support needed to reach your goals.
When you get in touch to arrange an appointment, we’ll decide on the best way for us to hold our session together. This could be in-person in my private therapy space or through video call.
Our first session will be one of discovery, where I’ll get to know you and you’ll get to know me. It’s normal for you to feel nervous about our first session together, however I hope you will find that I will help by putting you at ease. I will start by welcoming you into the space and will share with you some information about the counselling contract and what you can expect from our first session together. I will answer any questions you might have and then the session is yours to use as you wish. We might start by exploring how you’ve been feeling recently and what has brought you to counselling. I will be right here with you to support and guide you through at a pace that suits.
Before the end of the session I will check in with you to see how you feel the first session has gone. If we both feel that therapy would be beneficial for you, and you would like to continue working together, we will discuss how to move forward. You might have an idea about how many sessions you would like and how regularly you would like them. This is your decision to make and I am happy to explore this with you.
Our work together will always be fully confidential with some exceptions. These will be explained to you in our first session together. You can also read about the BACP Ethical Framework I follow here
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I thought it would be difficult to open up about my problems with my therapist, but it was actually easier to talk to her about anxiety and depression than my parents or friends. A therapist isn't going to judge you or avoid you because of what you tell them; it's their job to help you deal with these things.
I used to think therapy was ridiculous because one hour per week could not be enough to help, but it's way more than that. In my experience, each session ended with something to work on. Sometimes it was writing in a journal every night. Sometimes it was saying kind things to myself every day. Whatever it was, there was a clear task. It made me feel like I could be productive in between sessions.
No one ever told me how drastically therapy would change my life in the best ways. I never expected that after talking to a therapist about certain things I would be ready to open up about those things to other people in my life, as well. It's really strengthened my communication and, as a result, my relationships with the people most important to me.
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I'm based in Cusworth, Doncaster, which is 5 minutes from junction 37 of the A1. My full address and directions will be sent ahead of our first session together, or can be provided upon request.