Integrative Carrot

Integrative Carrot

Dear Reader

Greetings from the White Rabbit, and by now YOU KNOW where I am, yes still holding forth from the compost heap…! (As all the Greats do, said Doc Hollywood. He-he.) Heck, there seem to be a lot of ‘vegetable peelings’ that need composting round here. One ‘vegetable peel’ I can see on this heap that wasn’t originally on the Change Matters Home Page but that appeared some time later, is an interesting little tidbit called The Google Guide to the Galaxy.

Miranda and Jana describe themselves as ‘Integrative Therapists’ who use a variety of approaches. I guess because Jana comes from a Clinical and Miranda from an Applied Psychology background, their approach can be described as integrative – nevertheless this is only part of it.

They also list a wide range of psycho-therapeutic disciplines under this heading that were originated by some pretty impressive thinkers such as Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Anna Freud, Melanie Klein, Donald Woods Winnicott, John Bowlby, Otto Rank, Alfred Adler, Erik Eriksson, RD Laing, David Cooper, Fritz Perls, Victor Frankl, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, Eric Berne, Abraham Maslow, Rollo May, Carl Rogers, Claudio Naranjo and Marsha Linehan, to name a few. Yes, both Jana and Miranda in their quest for knowledge found themselves at one time or another wading through, swimming in and floating on these rivers of thought. What this list doesn’t reveal that these ‘giants of the world of psyche’ aren’t the only influences that inform Miranda and Jana’s work.

Our heading ‘The Google Guide to the Galaxy’ is a clue and here is another one – What has ‘The Hunting of the Snark’, Pink Floyd’s ‘Shine on You Crazy Diamond’, Procol Harum’s ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’, Monty Python’s Radio Episode 45 called ‘Patient Abuse’ and the word ‘Plymouth’ (meaning ‘To relate an amusing story to someone without remembering that it was they who told it to you in the first place’) have in common and got to do with ‘The Google Guide to the Galaxy’? Those of you who know the answer get the ‘Cosmic Carrot’ badge of the week. He-he!

My guess is that Miranda and Jana might call themselves ‘Integrative Therapists’ so as to demonstrate that their work is informed by some serious ‘players’ in the field of psychotherapy but that both Miranda and Jana also have a wacky side.  (In case you had not guessed that). The heading ‘The Google Guide to the Galaxy’ hints at this alternative side. In a later conversation with Miranda we will explore this further and examine how this side is also integrated into their work as therapists and counsellors.

Meantime write in or leave a reply – and win the Cosmic Carrot, why don’t you!