Integrative counselling, as the name suggests, is a combined approach to psychotherapy that brings together different elements of specific therapies. Integrative therapists take the view that there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations. Rather, each person needs to be considered as a whole and counselling techniques must be tailored to their individual needs and personal circumstances.
Integrative counselling maintains the idea that there are many ways in which human psychology can be explored and understood – no one theory alone holds the answer. All theories are considered to have value, even if their foundational principles contradict each other – hence the need to integrate them.
The integrative approach also refers to the infusion of a person’s personality and needs – integrating the affective, behavioural, cognitive, and physiological systems within one person, as well as addressing social and spiritual aspects. Essentially, integrative counsellors are not only concerned with what works, but why it works – tailoring therapy to their clients and not the client to the therapy.
Counselling directory. (2021). Integrative counselling. Available: https://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/ Last accessed 23/07/2021
An assessment is a one-off consultation which is an important part of the therapeutic process. During the session we will discuss your presenting issues, discuss your history and take initial steps in building a working relationship. This may include goal setting.
For every client I create a bespoke therapeutic client led experience to meet the need. I will provide you with a safe open space to work through your issue. I will offer you either a fixed short-term contract or if you would prefer, we can work open ended, all dependant on your requirements. I have experience of working with all age groups including young people.
As a qualified supervisor I offer supervision for trainee or qualified counsellors. The BACP Ethical Framework defines supervision as: “A specialised form of mentoring provided for practitioners responsible for undertaking challenging work with people. Supervision is provided to ensure standards, enhance quality, advance learning, stimulate creativity, and support the sustainability and resilience of the work being undertaken.” Supervision offers you a reflective space in which to develop practice and so benefits client safety. All aspects of your practice should be open to supervision. (BACP 2021)
Couples / Family Therapy
When working within the remit of relationship therapy it will always be important to look at the relationship with yourself, exploring attachment styles and past patterns of relating. Communication is key in any form of a relationship, if non effective or absent we will look at establishing effective communication. Along with offering a non-judgmental space, as your therapist I will be impartial to all parties allowing you to feel heard and supported through the process.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our Frequently Asked Questions may help you with some of your curiosities about what counselling/therapy is, how it works and where it will take place. If you require more information or have questions, please do not hesitate to use the Contact Us Form.
How are the counselling sessions delivered?
Sessions can be delivered by telephone, Zoom or Face to Face.
What is the frequency of the counselling sessions?
Counselling sessions are normally scheduled on a weekly basis at the same time and day. However, I do offer the chance to schedule appointments fortnightly if requested.
What happens if I cancel my counselling session?
I have a 48-hr cancellation policy. If your session is not cancelled before the 48-hour period, then the full cost of the session will be charged.
How long should I expect to continue counselling?
There is no normal duration in counselling. However, you can decide to fix the number of sessions you would like or to work open ended which would mean that you have sessions until you feel you have worked through your presenting issues. It is good to remember that at times new issues rise when coming into therapy.
Clients often return to therapy for further sessions months or years after they complete their sessions.
Will I feel better straight away?
Coming into therapy can at times stir up emotions and temporality make us feel worse. This is part of the process of therapy so it’s important to keep in mind that you may feel worse before you feel better.
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