About Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology

How I work

My training is in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology.

Integrative psychotherapists use a number of different theoretical perspectives, bringing these together into a personalised approach tailored to their each client.

I mainly draw on theories which emphasise the social nature of human beings and their need for dependable relationships throughout their lives. For example, my thinking includes elements of attachment theory, relational psychotherapy, neurobiology, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and, for trauma, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). Where appropriate, I may also use techiques and thinking from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy .

Changing patterns of behaving, thinking, feeling and relating to others

If past relationships have been unreliable or harmful, you may find it hard to trust people. Understanding such influences can help you support yourself in the present, and develop closer, more satisfying relationships.

It may be useful to identify repetitive and unhelpful patterns in your behaviours, thoughts and feelings. By understanding these patterns, you can start to react differently to internal or external triggers.

Body awareness

My approach emphasises the importance of the body-mind connection and body awareness. Awareness of the body can lead to greater self-understanding and self-compassion. It also promotes general relaxation and a sense of well-being. In addition, breathing and imagery techniques foster better body regulation and management of anxiety and stress.

I welcome questions about my approach to psychotherapy and counselling.

© Dr Hannah Cruttenden

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