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Integrative Counselling

Christine Hall

Sharon Rodden

Integrative counselling uses several models or methods of counselling in a way which can be tailored to suit the individual client.

Integrative counselling recognises that the building block for successful therapy begins with the rapport achieved between the counsellor and client rather than the idea that it is any one single method of counselling that will work its 'magic'.

Like all counselling, integrative therapy is based on the person-centred values of respect, empathy and trust. Clients talk about their situation and difficulties they are experiencing in their own way and at their own pace.

Through exploration they identify repeated patterns of behaviour, negative self-talk and look at different ways of viewing their problems. Gentle challenge may be used to help unearth previously overlooked perspectives and to identify what is most relevant in what may be a complex web of issues and emotions.

A psychodynamic approach may be integrated, looking at clients' past experiences and relationships with parents or significant others. Examining how a client interacts with the therapist can offer useful insights. The origin of emotions such as anxiety, sadness, guilt and anger can be explored as can the root of difficulties with current relationships.

If appropriate, solution focussed therapy can help clients to identify their real needs and wants and explore new possibilities. Brainstorming idyllic scenarios and setting goals can lead to a course of action which is realistic and in keeping with existing values and practical constraints.

Behavioural techniques can be used, focussing on clients' thoughts, beliefs and attitudes and how these 'learned' responses affect behaviour and emotions. Behavioural therapy helps people to step outside their 'automatic' thoughts and replace them with more realistic ways of thinking. This can involve teaching coping strategies, doing 'homework' such as keeping thought diaries and practising relaxation techniques to help cope with panic and anxiety.