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About Integrative Therapy

There are over 300 different types of counselling and psychotherapy currently being practised in the UK. Therefore,  as a prospective client,  choosing the best type of therapy to help you can sometimes feel like a daunting task.

However,  Integrative Therapist’s offer a particular approach of counselling whereby the therapist or counsellor is trained to specifically tailor the therapeutic approach used to match the needs of the particular client with which they are working.

This approach is borne out of the understanding that people are different. As such the Integrative Therapist recognises that different approaches suit people differently. Often an Integrative Therapist will work using a number of different theoretical approaches for different aspects of the same client’s problems.

All Integrative therapists work in slightly different ways,  favouring different techniques and approaches. Generally speaking however the counsellor will be continually trying to adapt their approach to meet your specific individual needs. As for myself,  there are many different approaches and techniques that I use with my clients,  but I tend to prefer Person Centred,  CBT,  MCBT,  Existential Psychotherapy,  and Transactional Analysis. That said,  I work in a very collaborative manner and frequently check with my clients that the approach that I am using feels right to them.

Below I have detailed in slightly greater depth the main concepts of my favoured approaches:

Person Centred

This is based on the principle that the counsellor provides three “Core Conditions” (or essential attributes) that are,  in and of themselves,  therapeutic. These are:
-  Unconditional Positive Regard:  Warm,  positive feelings,  regardless of the person’s behaviour.
-  Empathic Understanding :  The ability to imagine oneself in another person’s position.
-  Congruence :  Honesty and Openness.
The counsellor uses the relationship with the client as a means of healing and change.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

This is a directive type of counselling,  concerned with the way people’s beliefs about themselves shape how they interpret experiences. The objective is to change self-limiting beliefs and behaviours by changing negative ways of thinking for more positive ones.

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

This is a psychological therapy which blends features of Cognitive Therapy with Mindfulness techniques of Buddhism. MBCT involves accepting thoughts and feelings without judgement rather than trying to push them out of consciousness,  with a goal of correcting cognitive distortions.

The aim of MBCT is not directly for relaxation or happiness in themselves,  but rather,  as a freedom from the tendency to get drawn into automatic reactions to thoughts,  feelings,  and events.

Existential Psychotherapy

This is philosophical method of therapy that operates on the belief that inner conflict within a person is due to that individual’s confrontation with the givens of existence. These givens are:  the inevitability of death,  freedom and its attendant responsibility,  existential isolation and finally meaninglessness.

These four givens are seen as predictable tensions and paradoxes of the four dimensions of human existence,  the physical,  social,  personal and spiritual realms.

Transactional Analysis

This approach emphasises people’s personal responsibility for their feeling,  thoughts and behaviour. It believes people can change,  if they actively decide to replace their usual patterns of behaviour with new ones.

The counsellor offers; “Permission” for new messages about yourself and the world,  “Protection” when changing behaviour and thoughts feels risky,  and “Potency” to deliver what he or she promised.


I seek to be aware of the particular needs of those from minority ethnic or religious backgrounds;  those with disabilities,  illness or age-related disadvantages,  and those whose gender or sexuality makes them feel vulnerable or marginalised – always respecting the gifts inherent in those self-same attributes.