Integrative Counselling/Therapy is a combined approach to Psychotherapy that brings together different elements of many theories/therapies/techniques.
Integrative Therapists take the view that using a wide variety of skills can benefit a Client, tailoring each session to individual needs and personal circumstances.
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 foundational principles contradict each other - hence the need to integrate them.
This style of 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.
Through this awareness, Integrative Therapy helps to create a healthy alliance between mind and body - empowering Clients to start setting goals and practising new behaviours that will enable them to move beyond their limitations and discover greater life satisfaction.
This will be worked towards alongside other goals that are drawn into Therapy through the integration of other approaches.
These will all be tailored to the client's personal limits and external constraints.
Various theories, therapies, techniques, strategies can be used; such as Person-Centred, Mindfulness, CBT, TA, Solution Focused, Psychodynamic, Jungian, meditation, relaxation and visualisation.
This form of Therapy can be extremely effective and life-changing.