What Can I Expect?
Some times in our life we can all benefit from counselling. You may feel nervous, embarrassed, upset or that you are a failure in some way. You may even feel guilty that you are taking up a counsellor's time, but you are not being indulgent and in fact counselling is the best self-care going. Counselling is just really good self-care. It's a way to help yourself when things get rough. Putting off counselling just means you struggle longer. Imagine how things would have turned out for Fiona in Shrek if she had told her secret sooner! She feared rejection and was ashamed but all this was based on incorrect assumptions. If she had shared her secret then they could have lived happily ever after sooner. If you would like to start your journey then give me a call for an informal chat.
What is Integrative Counselling?
Integrative counselling, as the name suggests, is a combined approach to psychotherapy that brings together different elements of specific therapies. As an integrative counsellor I believe no one theory alone holds the answer. Each client needs to be considered as a whole and counselling techniques must be tailored to their individual needs and personal circumstances.
The Aim of Integrative Counselling
Integrative counselling aims to promote healing and facilitate wholeness - ensuring that all levels of a person's being and functioning (mental, physical and emotional health) are maximised to their full potential. Clients must be committed to self-exploration and open to identifying what factors in their life are perpetuating problems, and/or are causing current concerns.
How Does Integrative Therapy Work?
My role as an integrative counsellor is to cater the sessions for each individual client, by using specific techniques and key concepts drawn from various approaches. I combined a humanistic approach, cognitive behaviour therapies and psycho-dynamic and psychoanalytical approaches. Each approach offers explanation and insight into human behaviour, as well as a unique understanding of key factors that will result in changes in behaviour and other areas of functioning such as cognition and emotions.