What is integrative therapy? By Miriam Christie


What is integrative therapy? By Miriam Christie


Do a quick google search of ‘what is integrative therapy’, and you get a helpful handful of standard explanations. By way of example, I lifted this particularly handy one from Psychology Today:

“Integrative therapy is a progressive form of psychotherapy that combines different therapeutic tools and approaches to fit the needs of the individual client... By combining elements drawn from different schools of psychological theory and research, integrative therapy becomes a more flexible and inclusive approach to treatment than more traditional, singular forms of psychotherapy.”

Broadly speaking, this is an accurate description of the blended approach usually meant when people use the term ‘integrative’. As an integrative therapist, I find that a knowledge of and an open-mindedness to different ways of understanding ourselves and to working with others allows me to be flexible and intuitive about finding a therapeutic language that has resonance to people.

The truth is, however, that your experience in therapy with an integrative therapist – and arguably therapists of all discipline - will be different, because the missing piece of this integration is you and them. The alchemy of integrative therapy does not lie in the wealth of theories that enrich the practice, it lies in the relationship.

As part of my practice, I integrate object relations - a psychodynamic theory in origin, which is guided by the fundamental belief that our development is profoundly affected by our earliest experiences in relation to caregivers - with humanist theories and practices. Humanistic approaches are characterised by the shared beliefs that people are essentially good and are driven by personal growth and fulfilment.

I see object relations as the vehicle for insight into and understanding of a person’s relational development and, thus, world view. With this understanding, humanistic approaches then create the conditions in which healing, growth and change may occur. Taking a humanist approach to being with another person means that I hold empathy and the therapeutic bond between you and me as the bedrock of any effective healing.  

I bring myself openly and invite you to do the same, in a safe space, free of judgement or expectation. The relationship in therapy can in itself can be reparative, resetting expectations about the self and others. Explored in trust, the dynamic of the ‘me and you’ relationship can help us to see better, accept and/or change deeply entrenched patterns of belief and behaviour, formed in the past and played out in every area of one’s life.

What I like about an integrative approach to therapy is that, in its very nature, it does not seek to say ‘this is the right way’. It acknowledges that we respond to and are healed by different ways of understanding the world and our place within it.

Unfortunately, this does mean that, unlike getting a referral for good a handy-man or reliable cleaner, there is no one size fits all when it comes to therapy. Finding the right therapist for you, regardless of modality, will be specific to you and can be a delicate process. Ultimately, it can boil down to a chemistry between souls.

You can find out more about Miriam on her South London Therapy Group profile page


Sliding Fee-Scale Therapy Program South London...


Sydenham SE26--South London Therapy Group (SLTG) announce the Nomination Committee has confirmed Anna Jones as our lead for the “Sliding Fee-Scale Therapy Program” at SLTG.

“I am delighted to be leading this initiative with South London Therapy Group as they launch this wonderful program” she told the Committee “I aim to align this program with all SLTG’s growing programs in the area of Community Health and Mental Health”

Anna has assumed responsibility for all aspects of the management of this program to grow and strengthen our community focus, as we continue to drive our mission of “Making Space For Mental Health”.

Anna currently works as a therapist in private practice with adults and older teenagers across many issues including bereavement, anxiety, depression, trauma and relationship difficulties at SLTG, joining us with extensive experience in the NHS and working in the community.

“I believe support should be available to people when they most need it, regardless of their circumstances” Anna said “and I’m pleased that SLTG now provides affordable therapy sessions for people who are unable access support the support they need."

If you are interested in learning more about this program or to book an assessment please contact Anna direct >>>

T&C’s: Initial appointments are booked subject to availability. Currently there are no free sessions as this program is designed for people on lower incomes, on benefits and students…

In due course we will post on how people can access free services or support…

By Robert Cassidy



SLTG-Workshops: How to Handle Money, Expenses and Tax..


Setting up Your Practice

-       What expenses can you claim?

-       How do you recover bad debts?

-       How to make a profit

The Day Concludes with Afternoon Tea and a Q&A and we will attempt to Answer every question and examples provided… Max Number of attendees: 8

Applications to attend Please email Robert.

Qualified Practitioners: £95

SLTG-Gold-Key-Holders, Counselling Trainee: £6

To sustain momentum Next Month:

How To Refine Your Digital Marketing Strategy..

How to make a profit

How to make a profit

Can We Talk About Inpatient Groups? By Dr. Katja Hajek, Consulting Clinical Psychologist


The time patients spend on wards can be a passive and lonely experience but it can also be used productively to help people with the one area that dominates all our lives, relating to others.  

Throughout my years working on inpatient psychiatric wards at The Maudsley, Lambeth and St Thomas’ Hospitals in London, there has  been an expectation that staff would run patient groups. Groups are an ideal format for patients to support each other, improve their social functioning and reduce isolation. They also allow input from clinicians to help create a therapeutic environment. Groups on wards are clearly a good idea. 

However, ward staff have very little or no preparation, knowledge nor the confidence. However, they are not prepared to run groups.

To address this basic need, plans are progressing to hosting a one-day workshop on “Inpatient Groups” in February in Sydenham, using the interpersonal model based on Irvin Yaloms’ outstanding work.

As an accompaniment to the book I have co-written, I have produced a DVD, showing a group session with volunteer patients, introducing the workshop attendees to the core principles and skills required of group work in this specific setting.

Group processes and the therapeutic skills that are typically only discussed as theoretical concepts, can be better explained and understood, by watching specific examples from a real group. The workshop will also provide an opportunity to try the newly learnt skills.

To express interest or for more information, please contact me.

Welcoming Jennifer Warwick to SLTG

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Jennifer is a children's speech & Language Therapist with extensive experience as a paediatric SLT, working for the NHS and in private practice, now available to see clients at South London Therapy Group (SLTG) in Sydenham 

Jennifer works with children and their families to support and develop communication, interaction and play skills, to help children achieve their potential collaboratively with families and educators…

For more details about Jennifer and her practice:


South London Therapy Group (SLTG) are delighted to welcome to Sydenham Letishea McLean


Letishea is a BACP accredited counsellor offering short (6-12) and long-term (12+) counselling.

With clinical experience working in the NHS, University and Judicial settings is building a private practise to help supper clients who need help for feelings of anxiety, depression or relationship issues. 

Letishea’s non judgmental attitude and warm personality and acceptance of of self, leading to helping find self-directed solutions to their issue and concerns.

New Therapy Rooms Terms at (SLTG), Sydenham SE26 4QD


Your favourite room can now be booked as a block for £60 for the day. 

Exclusively for your use for the whole-day for 10 hours for £60 for the day. 

If you prefer these terms to the current hourly room rental, we ask for rent paid monthly in advance and a month's notice at the end.

To proceed, we would need:

  • A copy of your indemnity insurance
  • A photo and bio so that we can list you on our site
  • A £10 deposit when we hand you the keys

If you are already registered with us, just get in touch letting us know if you would like to change to daily rental.  

Community House Keeping:


All the spaces at South London Therapy Group in Sydenham are up and running and because of practitioners’ interest, we are planing to build a separate examination room in another studio space in the same building.

We are also adding a new section to our site listing resources to help colleagues find the kind of professional guidance they need to establish or manage their practice. This may include inviting accountants, lawyers, photographers, web designers, etc. to join our community in an advisory capacity, to give guidance if needed...

We are also growing our therapist listings and to benefit from our referral service, all our member therapists will need to provide a headshot and Bio, to be added to the resource.