My Approach to Helping
What is Integrative Psychotherapy?
It is a way of working from this foundational principle:
Mind, body, Spirit & relationships are co-creative.
These four exist in an interdependent, complex, systemic relationship which is irreducible to any one alone. That is to say, focusing on any one of these aspects in isolation, to the neglect of the other three, is likely to be less helpful than working with the whole person.
For example, clinical research has shown that taking psychiatric medicines (addressing the body) as stand alone therapies without simultaneously addressing the underlying causes of suffering in psychotherapy (addressing the mind and relationships) is generally less effective, and sometimes potentially harmful, when compared to a combined approach (addressing mind, body and relationships simultaneously).
I also believe we must attend to matters of Spirit. How do you connect to something larger than yourself? And how can we engage that powerful force in your healing journey?
In short I believe we must, to quote Parker Palmer: ..."attend to what Thomas Merton called the hidden wholeness that lies beneath the broken surface of our lives. Until we know the hidden wholeness we will live in a world of dualisms, of forced but false choices between being and doing that result in action that is mere frenzy or in contemplation that is mere escape."