Therapy at Banish the Crows uses an integrative psychotherapeutic model. Integrative counselling psychotherapy is a combined approach to therapy that brings together different therapy styles. Integrative therapists take the view that there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations. Integrative therapists tend to be ‘grounded’ in one theoretical approach, which is accompanied by a willingness to carefully incorporate techniques from other therapeutic approaches.
The grounded style of our principal therapist is existential, which operates from the belief that the inner conflict, within a person, is due to that individual’s confrontation with the givens of their existence and their relationship with life, their lived experience and ultimately, their death. Primarily, he uses a phenomenological method, which works from an assumption; quite rightly, that what you, the person says and experiences is real and true. It takes account of a person’s subjective, ‘lived experience’, to illuminate and help make sense of; for example, their disaffection, distress, and unease in life that sometimes get displayed through our mood; our sense of angst, anxiety or apprehension.
Theories used to underpin approaches to therapy can at first seem complex and off-putting to people – some people call this overuse of clinical or therapy terms or language, ‘psycho-babble’. When we meet a person for therapy, for the first time and subsequently, we will always talk through our approaches to therapy and be mindful of the words we use – explaining specific therapy terms when it feels appropriate or necessary to do so.