Licensing Info: College of Alberta Psychologists #3176p
Concerns related to:
Many clients struggle to perceive the full extent to which particular therapy tools may be applicable in their lives. They will often apply it to immediate examples that are currently available, but often lack persistence in continuing to apply the same tools on a daily basis once their immediate difficulties are resolved.
Emotional vulnerability is also often a difficult process for clients, and many may find it difficult to relate their experiences to their therapist in a vulnerable way (i.e. feeling connected with their emotions at the time of speaking about their experiences).
An integrative practitioner attempts to understand not only which psychotherapy mechanisms are useful, but also the theoretical underpinnings that drive each of these approaches. They attempt to create a synthesized approach to therapy which they continue to refine through clinical practice and continued exploration of the field. This is why I have chosen an integrative approach for myself.
My integrative approach for individuals is informed by a few well-regarded modalities:
One of the more difficult parts of couple’s therapy is helping the couple negotiate their expectations for the outcomes of therapy, as they often enter into the process with different ideals for therapeutic outcomes. While we work to establish an awareness of these differences from the very first session, these goals and desires often change as therapy progresses, which can create an ongoing need for negotiating these differences. On the flip side of this, learning to negotiate these differences is one of the foundational skills required for an effective relationship
My integrative approach to couple’s therapy draws from individual modalities, as well as some modalities developed specifically for couples:
We will aim to establish your goals for therapy from the first session, and these will be a major indicator of how good a fit we are working together. Ideally we will both be honest about our expectations and experience of the therapy process, which will help us eliminate possible obstacles to the effectiveness of our therapy as early as possible.
It’s also possible that we might just have conflicting personalities or approaches to working that don’t match well, and that’s OK! If you decide at any point that you would like to switch to seeing another therapist, that is a conversation that is always available if needed.
I knew for a long time that I wanted to work in a profession where I could help other people, and I discovered during my first few years at university that human behaviour was a strong interest of mine. I also knew that I wanted to work in a field where I could use creativity as a regular part of my work, and I find that everyday in learning to interact with new people.