I am influenced by and have extensive knowledge of a number of psychological schools of thought, including psychodynamic, Gestalt, cognitive and humanistic. Additionally an increasing number of schools of thought acknowledge that psychological processes need to be understood in terms of how the brain evolved and how it works now. The advantage is that this integration moves beyond the potentially narrow confines of one specific therapeutic approach, and makes room for your program of therapy to feel bespoke and flexible, but not so loose as to feel experimental. An integrative approach uses common factors that have been proven in all therapies to work, namely affective experiencing, cognitive mastery and behavioural change. It is a flexible and open-minded approach to therapy, where new ideas can be voiced, explored and challenged within the safe framework of unconditional support and empathy.