Integrative counselling

Integrative counselling is a combined approach to psychotherapy that mixes together various elements of specific therapies. Integrative therapists believe that there is no single approach that can treat clients in all situations. Instead, they asses the person during the sessions and the methods used are tailored to the individual’s needs. 

It’s important to know that this type of therapy doesn’t mean the therapist randomly chooses what they think would work. Their decisions are based on extensive training and understanding of the personal problems the client is encountering.

What is Integrative Counselling?

Integrative counselling values different approaches that aim to explore human psychology such as person humanistic therapy, psychodynamic,  transactional analysis, gestalt therapy, person-centred, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and more. Integrative counselling and integrative psychotherapy stand by the belief that no one theory alone holds the answer to each individual clients struggles.

The integrative approach also refers to the infusion of a person’s personality and needs; integrating behavioural, cognitive, and physiological systems within one individual, as well as addressing social and spiritual aspects. Essentially, integrative counsellors are not only concerned with what works, but why it works. This means that they tailor therapy to their clients and not the client to the therapy.

Benefits of Integrative Therapy

The main benefit of integrative therapy is its flexibility to asses the whole of an individual. The integration of different approaches enables a truly tailored session to meet various needs. This, of course, makes it flexible and more inclusive than a single approach to treatment. Integrative therapy does not limit the therapists’ professional limits as to how much of the individual’s psychological problems they can explore. This also enables further personal development based on the individual needs of the person. 

Interactive therapy can be a great method for people who want to overcome negative patterns in their life or behaviour that are triggered by anxiety, fears or phobias. It can also be really effective for many other mental health issues such as:

  • Bereavement
  • Depression
  • Addiction
  • Trauma (past or current)
  • Low self-esteem

The Outcome of Integrative Counselling

Generally, the client will understand what causes them to feel challenged in life. They will learn to recognise the triggers that lead to negative behaviour and be supported with new, more productive replacements.

 They will be able to recognise the limitations that they’ve set themselves and but they’ll now have the skills to move beyond them. This will also enable them to now set goals that lead them towards a happier lifestyle, as well as to become more open about their emotions. It’s important to note that the outcome will be different for each person and the therapist will establish the most effective path.

Client-Therapist Relationship

Integrative therapy requires the Integrative counsellor to be non-judgemental, interpersonal and able to enable a supportive relationship with the client. An integrative counsellor will provide a space where deep, attentive listening can naturally happen.

A good client-therapist relationship is an important element for the steps in the recovery. The therapeutic relationship needs to be productive and trust is key to success. A person seeking a counsellor or integrative psychotherapist must trust that the therapist has the knowledge and skillset to provide effective care they need.

The length of the therapy will depend on the client, the goals set and also the types of issues that are being addressed during the sessions. The alliance between the client and the therapist is a vital element for the success of the therapeutic journey. When this relationship is valued and nurtured it enables the safety that’s needed for the work to take place.

Coronavirus Update: We are still open

A few therapists are continuing to see clients face-to-face, and most are working from home offering Skype/Zoom-type sessions or telephone sessions. Please contact us if you have any questions.