What is Integrative Therapy?

Integrative Therapy is at its heart a skillful blending of therapeutic techniques from various schools of thought. It provides each client with the opportunity to receive treatment that is tailored specifically to their needs, with the understanding that each human is unique, and therefore, a one-size-fits-all approach is unlikely to lead to the best results. I draw primarily from a few approaches: insight oriented talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapies, and solution-focused brief therapy. Insight-oriented therapy is aimed at fostering a better sense of self-understanding by examining and exploring situations from your past and present to help you develop a better understanding of how you function in the world, how you may have been impacted by various events and situations throughout your life, and how you can shift your personal narrative to foster a more compassionate and empowered view of yourself. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a broad umbrella of tools that can help you understand and address the interrelationship of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and the techniques you might use to shift these thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to evoke a positive change. Solution-focused brief therapy is a technique aimed at supporting individuals in coming up with creative and effective practical strategies to address the current issues affecting their lives. I believe in approaching therapy this way because, in my experience, insight alone does little without concurrent action, but action without self-understanding may not lead to more than superficial changes. 

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I believe all effective therapy is grounded in a compassionate, genuine, and unconditionally accepting relationship between two human beings. The healing power of human connection cannot be understated.