Integrative counselling draws on mainstream theoretical perspectives integrating knowledge and skills from different therapies. Working together we can use the insights and techniques of Person Centred Counselling, Psychodynamic Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to help you bring about the changes you want in your life.
We also have a small number of counsellors offering a purely psychodynamic approach, read more about that here.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy works by examining the ways that thought, behaviour and feelings affect each other, and how different aspects of these can be changed to solve specific problems.
Psychodynamic Counselling works by bringing unconscious thoughts and feelings to the surface; there is an emphasis of the past and on recurring patterns of relationships.
Person Centred Counselling
Person Centred Counselling offers a non-judgmental relationship between client and counsellor, in which the client can explore what they need and want and how they can achieve their goals.
How Integrative Therapy Works in Practice:
Coping with Recent Traumatic Events
If you are dealing with a recent trauma, or one that is still happening such as domestic violence, divorce or bereavement, you may want to think about ways of coping and ways of reducing the pain, drawing on a combination of person centred and cognitive behavioural techniques.
Addressing Past Trauma
Someone needing to deal with the influence of past traumas such as abuse, neglect or bereavement, may choose to talk about their childhood, exploring their memories and dreams, drawing on psychodynamic techniques.
A person dealing with any issue in their life may want to work on improving their self-esteem, and this can be done by both talking and experimenting with ways of behaving, drawing on person centred, psychodynamic or cognitive behaviour techniques. An example of this could be following a relationship breakdown or even during a difficult period in a specific relationship.
Dealing with Phobias & Anxiety
People suffering from phobias, panic attacks or generalised anxiety disorders could examine their patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviour by drawing on cognitive behavioural techniques. Alternatively, they could explore their past to discover the source of their fears, using psychodynamic and person-centred techniques.