Why do values of a therapist matter, you may wonder? For me, my values inform my therapy and my hope is that you will get a sense for how I work. I remember when I first sought therapy in my 30s, I was hoping that my therapist at the time would tell me all the things that were wrong about me, so that I then can go on and fix these issues. Instead my therapist sat down with me and listened, and asked question about what I thought was the problem.
My very first own humanistic therapeutic experience as a client gave me hope. Humanistic therapists are very unlikely to operate from a belief system that they know you better than you do yourself. What I do know is, each therapy needs to be adjusted for the person who seeks therapy. While my therapeutic process remains static with most clients, my approach is an amalgamation of following concepts:
The Therapeutic Relationship
Research shows us, the most accurate predictor for positive therapeutic outcome is not the modality or technique, but the therapeutic relationship you develop with your therapist. Despite this fact, some approaches may suit you more than others.
I hold an MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy. In many European countries, this approach is still considered pseudoscience, despite a growing scientific evidence base. In Spain, it was even accused of cult-like tactics. While it saddened me to read of malpractice and abuse of power, I am bemused by this sentiment that gestalt is somewhat unscientific.
Trauma Informed Psychotherapy
Trauma informed psychotherapy is a staged approach and draws from neuroscience and mindfulness. This means we will first establish resources and strengthen your resilience before we come near any traumatic memory. I am specifically trained in this approach and hold a Diploma in Contemporary Trauma Practice from Relational Change.
Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR)
Since Prince Harry opened up about his experience with trauma and EMDR, the interest in this approach rose significantly. EMDR is an evidence based therapeutic approach that has been recommended by UK National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE) (see 1.6.18) for the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I am trained in this approach and work towards accreditation.
The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP)
The SSP is a 5-hour listening program designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement and resilience. Originally developed by Steven Porges, the SSP’s effectiveness has been proven in a wide range of studies, most notably in two clinical trials involving children with autism. Trial participants demonstrated statistically significant improvements in emotional control, behavioural organisation, and hearing sensitivity and listening. I am a certified provider for adults.
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
My curiosity about IFS emerged from my personal therapy. Elements of IFS have been by far from my clinical experience the most helpful approach to reduce stress levels in early stages of therapy and throughout treatment. IFS has a growing evidence base in treatment of trauma. I am self-taught in IFS and attending formal training is on my list.
Relationship Counselling & Intimate Partner Therapy
I welcome queer, interracial/intercultural and multiple partnered relationships in my practice. I can help with addressing conflict, help improving communication or negotiate more satisfying, intimate relationship. I can also help with conscious uncoupling. I am currently half way through my training in intimate partner therapy which the Contemporary Institute for Clinical Sexology.