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:
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.