Humanistic integrative psychotherapy and counselling understands that we become who we are by relating to others. For many people, these relationships have become in some way derailed. Humanistic integrative counselling allows the resumption of this developmental relationship, now, in safe circumstances, between the client and therapist.
Humanistic integrative psychotherapy and counselling integrates many theories and practices. The Humanistic belief is that given the right conditions humans are naturally healthy. Into this we incorporate the Psychoanalytic concerns with human development and the childhood patterns that still affect us. These theories are held lightly within our practice of what is often referred to as Dialogical Psychotherapy, whose central emphasis is on the relationship between the therapist and client.
The focus of the sessions may be to work through immediate difficulties, or something more deep-seated in your life or your relationships with others. The emphasis is on helping you find your own answers and you will be heard without judgement.
What is the difference between psychotherapy and counselling? There is no definitive distinction between counselling and psychotherapy. In general, counselling is a talking therapy which allows individuals to deal with specific life crises, whereas psychotherapy is used to look at 'life' issues - most commonly those whose past experiences are still affecting relationship with others. Psychotherapy also concerns itself with issues of meaning and purpose. Depending on the nature of your problem, the sessions can extend over a short or longer period of time. Counselling tends to be shorter term and concerned with specific problems, while psychotherapy is often longer term and involves the exploration of what underlies the way we are. However, many counsellors work longer term and many psychotherapists work short term on specific life crises and this is something you could ask your therapist at an initial meeting. What is important, and the main factor that determines how successful a therapy is, is not so much with the technique used, but the relationship between the client and the counsellor or psychotherapist. It is this which is likely to determine how successful the process is.