What is Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy?
Integrative counselling and psychotherapy is a type of talking therapy that recognises that people are diverse and complex, so that it may be helpful for a therapist to draw on more than one counselling approach, in order to meet the individual needs of each client.
Research evidence suggests that it is primarily the relationship formed between therapist and client that has the most positive influence on whether having therapy is successful. So, a strong emphasis is placed on building a trusting therapeutic relationship with you, in order to have a firm foundation for the work you do together.
Integrative therapists can choose to draw on theory and therapeutic techniques from the three main branches of counselling: the humanistic school (Person-Centred, Gestalt and Existential ways of working); Relational Psychodynamics; and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness. Once you and your therapist have had a chance to understand the issues that have brought you to counselling, he or she will discuss with you how you might work together to address your concerns.
How does it work?
Your therapist is not there to offer you a diagnosis or to tell you what to do. Their role is to help you explore and make sense of the challenges you face. This may involve working with difficult emotions, as well as identifying and addressing unhelpful thinking and behaviour patterns that might be now adding to feelings of unhappiness. You and the therapist will work together towards finding new ways of making your life more fulfilling. Sometimes this involves fine-tuning existing coping strategies or learning new ones; accepting things that you can’t change and addressing issues of self-esteem and self-confidence.
What can Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy be used for?
Emotional distress and general counselling
Health adjustment problems
Stress & work related issues