Psychotherapy – exploration of body, mind, emotions and spirit

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy that integrates body and mind and is conducted with care and respect can help you move beyond depression and anxiety to release the creative energy, optimism and hope necessary to reach your most important personal and professional goals. We offer a safe environment for the exploration of body, mind, emotions and spirit, and their impact on health, personal fulfillment and relationships.

Integrative Psychotherapy embraces an attitude towards the practice of psychotherapy that affirms the inherent value of each individual. It is a unifying psychotherapy that responds appropriately and effectively to the person at the affective, behavioral, cognitive, and physiological levels of functioning, and addresses as well the spiritual dimension of life.

Integrative Psychotherapy is a whole-person approach to wellness and health that combines guided meditation, hypnotherapy and talk therapy in order to help you:

  • Release unwanted patterns of pain and discomfort
  • Increase vitality and positive energy
  • Figure out where stress and pain originate in your body and thoughts
  • Connect more deeply to how you’re feeling
  • Direct your life with more awareness and intention
  • Deepen and integrate work done in traditional talk therapy

The term “integrative” of Integrative Psychotherapy has a number of meanings. It refers to the process of integrating the personality: taking disowned, unaware, or unresolved aspects of the self and making them part of a cohesive personality, reducing the use of defense mechanisms that inhibit spontaneity and limit flexibility in problem solving, health maintenance, and relating to people, and re-engaging the world with full contact. It is the process of making whole. Through integration, it becomes possible for people to face each moment openly and freshly without the protection of a pre-formed opinion, position, attitude, or expectation.

Integrative Psychotherapy also refers to the bringing together of the affective, cognitive, behavioral, and physiological systems within a person, with an awareness of the social and transpersonal aspects of the systems surrounding the person. These concepts are utilized within a perspective of human development in which each phase of life presents heightened developmental tasks, need sensitivities, crises, and opportunities for new learning.

Integrative Psychotherapy takes into account many views of human functioning. The psychodynamic, client-centered, behaviorist, cognitive, family therapy, Gestalt therapy, body-psychotherapies, object relations theories, psychoanalytic self psychology, and transactional analysis approaches are all considered within a dynamic systems perspective. Each provides a partial explanation of behavior and each is enhanced when selectively integrated with other aspects of the therapist’s approach. The psychotherapy interventions used in Integrative Psychotherapy are based on developmental research and theories describing the self-protective defenses used when there are interruptions in normal development.

The aim of an integrative psychotherapy is to facilitate wholeness such that the quality of the person’s being and functioning in the intrapsychic, interpersonal and sociopolitical space is maximized with due regard for each individual’s own personal limits and external constraints.

Our psychotherapist

Khrystyna Markovska

I hold a degree in Psychology and Advance level diploma in Psychotherapy and Hypnosis. I am a National Counselling Society accredited and certified Psychotherapist, National Hypnotherapy Society accredited Hypnotherapist, I work to their professional Codes of Ethics and Practice and can make available, upon request, copies of their code of ethics, and complaints and grievance procedure.

My approach is to integrate and apply all the training, education and life experience I have had and to work collaboratively with my patients. Establishing a rapport and creating a feeling of safety for you is the first step.

Individual psychotherapy provides an opportunity to share your experiences and work through deep feelings with the support of a skillful, respectful and caring professional. In this collaborative journey we work together to help you find the resources within you to resolve any issues that are getting in the way of living well and attaining your goals. The process opens the door to a more positive relationship with yourself, more genuine connections with others and, in general, a more authentic, meaningful, and satisfying life. I practice the integration of powerful therapeutic approaches: mindfulness, hypnotherapy, positive psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. The most important thing about psychotherapy is that it is responsive to the needs of the individual. Psychodynamic therapy encourages insight into our relationships and the ways they affect us and our patterns of behavior. Hypnotherapy will help to bring about therapeutic changes in you within a short period of time. It is a very effective way to make positive, lasting changes. Cognitive behavioral therapy offers practical tools and techniques that directly help reduce suffering. Mindfulness enhances our self-awareness, our emotional resilience, and our enjoyment of the world around us. It has been scientifically studied and integrated into both psychodynamic and cognitive approaches.