The Future & Integrative Counselling
What is Integrative Counselling?
Integrative counselling maintains the idea that there are many ways in which human psychology can be explored and understood- no one theory holds the answer. All theories are considered to have value, even if their foundation principles contradict each other- hence the need to integrate them.
The Integrative approach also refers to the infusion of a person’s personality and needs- integrating the affective behavioural, cognitive, and psychological systems within one person, as well as addressing social, and spiritual aspects. Essentially integrative counsellors are not only concerned with what works, but why it works, tailoring therapy to each individual and not the individuals to the therapy.
Why Integrative Counselling?
Integrative counselling aims to promote healing from within, and facilitates wholeness- ensuring that all levels of a person’s being and functioning (mental, physical, and emotional health) are maximised to their full potential. To benefit from this therapy, you must be committed to self-exploration and open to identifying what factors in your life are perpetuating problems, and/or are causing current concerns.
Through this awareness, integrative counselling therapy helps to create a healthy alliance between mind and body – empowering clients to start goals and practising new behaviours that will enable them to move beyond their limitations and discover greater life satisfaction.
How does Integrative Therapy Work?
The process of Integrative Counselling is very much centred on the active exploration of experience a phenomenological view of reality. It is the role of an integrative counsellor to foster this by using specific techniques and key concepts drawn in from various approaches that are appropriate and tailored to each individual’s needs.
Integration of Approaches
The central premise of Integrative Counselling is that there are many ways in which human functioning can be explored and understood. This means Integration can occur through a variety of systems of perspective.
These may include;
Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies
Each approach offers an insight into human behaviours. For Example if an Integrative therapist is working with someone who has low self-esteem, then Person-Centred therapy can focus on the individual’s self worth and values. Being valued as a person, without being judged, can help an individual to accept who they are, and reconnect with themselves.
By Joanne Quinn