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Introduction to My Integrative Practice Philosophy

As a licensed therapist with years of experience under my belt, I’ve learned that healing is a journey. It’s a path that requires guidance, patience, and a solid foundation of trust. I’m Paul Olander, and I'd like to introduce you to my integrative practice philosophy, a holistic approach that aids my clients in understanding and overcoming the problems they face.


Therapy is a unique journey for each individual. We all come bearing our unique histories, strengths, skills, personal traumas, and emotional pains. For that reason, it is most useful to approach therapy in a way that embraces this diversity and caters to each person’s individual needs. That's where my integrative practice philosophy comes in.


At the heart of this philosophy is the establishment of an open connection. Trust is paramount in any therapeutic relationship and forms the foundation upon which we can explore your emotions, thoughts, behaviors, and how they interact to shape your experiences. It is within the safety of this trust that we better understand your challenges.


We can next set clear intentions for our therapeutic journey. Every person walking into my therapy room has different goal values and goals - a unique picture of what they wish to change, overcome, or achieve and grow. The desire might be reducing anxiety, clearing traumatic memories, or feeling 'stuck' in a situation or relationship. By defining and clarifying this target, we can set the direction for our journey together, making the therapy process more efficient and effective.


The integrative part of my practice philosophy comes from combining various clinical perspectives to tailor a therapeutic approach that suits you. I incorporate techniques and perspectives from Emotional Pain Intervention, Rapid Resolution Therapy, Accelerated Resolution Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Trauma-Informed Hypnotherapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Eye Movement Integration, Narrative Exposure Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Attachment Theory, and Motivational Interviewing to develop what is most useful for each person.


Why such a wide range of choices? The answer is that each of these methodologies brings unique insights and tools to address cognitive, emotional and behavioral challenges. By integrating them, we can tap into a rich resource of therapeutic techniques that can be tailored to your needs. This integrative approach allows for a more personalized therapy process - one that acknowledges and honors your unique experiences and recovery pace.


In the weeks ahead, we'll look deeper into each of these therapeutic modalities, exploring their origins, methodologies, benefits, and real-life applications. We'll share stories, dispel myths, and answer questions. I believe in empowering my clients with knowledge so that they're not just passive participants but rather active contributors to their own healing process.


Remember that therapy is not about “fixing' what's 'wrong' with you”. It is about understanding your own experiences more clearly, learning to accept and navigate your emotions, breaking free from patterns that no longer serve you, and taking committed actions toward a more value-driven and fulfilling life. My integrative practice philosophy aims to guide you through this process, fostering resilience, self-understanding, and emotional freedom along the way.


Thank you for joining me on this journey. I look forward to sharing more about my approaches and how they can help light your path to emotional well-being. Remember, no matter where you are on your journey, there's always hope for change, growth, and healing.


Contact me to book a session:

Email: paul.olander@comcast.net

Tel: 404 - 276 - 0034


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