Integrative psychotherapy is adaptive to the client's needs and mindful of the therapeutic alliance
More and more, psychotherapists and researchers agree that no single psychotherapy technique can be effective and appropriate for all patients, issues, and situations. For this reason, Integrative Psychotherapy differs from the commonly used "one-size-fits-all" model of therapy. Evidence-based research has shown that integrative psychotherapeutic treatments are effective for a variety of psychiatric disorders such as, but not exclusive to, Depression, Social Anxiety Disorders, Generalized Anxiety Disorders, Personality Disorders, Dissociative Identity Disorders, and Trauma.
This model strives to adapt to the individual, works in the context of a therapeutic alliance, and focuses on affective, behavioural, cognitive, and physiological functioning, as well as spiritual beliefs. Integrative psychotherapy draws upon many evidence-based models and theories to create a treatment that specifically addresses clients’ unique experiences and concerns. Irene uses a person-centred and collaborative approach and has a warm and compassionate presence, with a great capacity for deep attunement and relational cues and works in collaboration with the client to ensure each personal need is met.
The importance of a therapeutic relationship
The quality of the therapeutic relationship is the highest predictor of client transformation.
The therapeutic relationship is not only the most important factor in a client's change, but it is crucial for effective therapeutic work. It will give the client an opportunity to develop a healthy relationship with an understanding counsellor, and to gain a broader understanding of themselves, other people, relationships, and the world.
A few of the important factors associated with positive outcomes and therapeutic changes in psychotherapy and to look for in your therapy are the therapist's ability to empower, inspire hope and provide an alternative and more credible view of the self and the world; the ability to provide clients with a corrective emotional experience that helps them to overcome the legacy of traumatic experiences; a safe therapeutic alliance; positive change expectations.Some of the valuable qualities therapists should have are attention and presence, empathy and compassion, authenticity and positive regard.
Irene, who understands her role as a reflective instrument of change, views the client as an active participant in therapy. She works in collaboration with her clients and tailors her sessions based on their preferences and unique qualities.
What is Integrative Psychotherapy?
Integrative Psychotherapy works with a wide range of clients, problems, and contexts. focusing on your uniqueness and the therapeutic relationship.
Psychotherapy cannot change the past, but it can help you change your relationship with the legacy of the past.
How do sessions with Irene work?
What to expect from sessions with Irene:
We will have a free consult call where I will enquire about your reasons for seeking therapy and you can get a sense of who I am. I will also make sure that I am able to help you, and if I'm not the right person, I will refer you to another professional.
In the first few sessions, I will ask about your desired outcomes, get a sense of your past and current circumstances, your lifestyle and your relationships so that I can learn more about who you are.
Once we have a clear understanding of the issues and outcomes to work towards, I will offer you my therapeutic understanding and together we will create a treatment plan that works for you.
Irene's approach is tailored to have the best understanding of your situation and desired outcomes. Irene's aim is to always refer to your agency, and establish a treatment plan in collaboration with you.
Irene believes in your intrinsic abilities to access your inner resources and generate enduring changes.
"It is together that we build a trusting therapeutic relationship and through this relationship, help you to gain insights into your experience
and achieve healing and growth."
Eastern philosophy and practice
Gender-sensitive and multi-cultural therapy
Mentalization-based treatment (MBT)