Navigating the Path to Healing: Insights from a GP Psychotherapist- By Dr Michelle Woolhouse

Navigating the Path to Healing: Insights from a GP Psychotherapist- By Dr Michelle Woolhouse

Navigating the Path to Healing: Insights from a GP Psychotherapist- By Dr Michelle Woolhouse


As an integrative GP and psychotherapist, my journey is guided by a diverse array of therapeutic techniques aimed at facilitating healing and growth. In a world where mental health and physical health challenges are increasingly prevalent, the integration of various therapeutic modalities is becoming more essential. Drawing from a raft of different techniques alongside integrative principles, I try to navigate the complexities of the human journey with a vision of holism, empathy, and dedication. Below is a summary of the variety of modalities on offer.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

CBT serves as a cornerstone in my practice, offering clients practical tools to identify and challenge negative thought patterns and behaviours. By exploring the connections between thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, individuals gain insight into the ways in which their perceptions influence their experiences. Through collaborative exploration and targeted interventions, CBT empowers clients to reframe their thinking and develop healthier coping strategies.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

ACT emphasizes mindfulness, acceptance, and value-based action as means to cultivate psychological flexibility and resilience. By encouraging clients to embrace their thoughts and feelings without judgment, ACT fosters a sense of inner peace and authenticity. Through a process of clarifying personal values and committing to meaningful action, individuals align their behaviour with their deepest aspirations, transcending limitations and embracing life with vitality.


Integrative medicine

Integrative medicine combines conventional medical treatments with complementary therapies to address the whole person—mind, body, and spirit. It emphasizes a patient-centered approach, focusing on prevention and treating the root causes of both physical and mental illness while promoting overall well-being and healing.

Attachment Theory

Rooted in the fundamental need for human connection, attachment theory informs my approach to therapy by recognizing the impact of early relational experiences on psychological development. By exploring attachment patterns and working to repair ruptures in the therapeutic relationship, individuals gain insight into their relational dynamics and cultivate more secure attachments both within themselves and with others.


Mindfulness serves as a guiding principle in my practice, inviting individuals to cultivate present-moment awareness and nonjudgmental attention to their experiences. By grounding clients in the here and now, mindfulness practices promote emotional regulation, stress reduction, and greater clarity of mind. Through regular mindfulness practice, individuals develop resilience in the face of life’s challenges and deepen their capacity for self-compassion and inner peace.

Trauma-Specific Neurobiological Treatments

In addressing the complex impact of trauma on the brain and body, trauma-specific neurobiological treatments offer a holistic approach to healing. By integrating cutting-edge neuroscience with evidence-based therapeutic techniques, individuals engage in a process of reprocessing traumatic memories and restoring a sense of safety and empowerment. Through targeted interventions such as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and Somatic Experiencing, clients reclaim their sense of agency and embark on a journey toward healing and wholeness.

Internal Family Systems (IFS)

IFS offers a unique lens through which individuals can explore the multifaceted nature of the self, recognizing that the psyche is comprised of various sub-personalities or "parts." By fostering compassionate curiosity toward these inner dynamics, individuals develop greater self-understanding and integration. Through the process of harmonizing conflicting parts and accessing the innate wisdom of the Self, clients cultivate inner harmony and resilience.

Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)

ART provides a rapid and effective approach to processing traumatic memories and reducing distressing symptoms. By combining elements of traditional psychotherapy with rapid eye movements, ART facilitates the reprocessing of traumatic material at an accelerated pace. Through this targeted intervention, individuals experience relief from symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD, paving the way for renewed vitality and well-being.

As a GP psychotherapist, I am committed  to guiding individuals on their journey toward healing and self-discovery, whether the condition present as either a mental health challenge or physical manifestation. By integrating a diverse array of therapeutic techniques, I empower clients to navigate life’s challenges with courage, compassion, and resilience. Top of Form

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