Through my many years as a counsellor and therapist I’ve learned and applied many different methods and approaches to therapy. What I’ve learned is that in most cases no one style works for all people at all times. So I use an approach called integrative counselling which, as the name suggests, integrates various different methods so that I can adapt to each client and their changing needs throughout the therapeutic process.
What works at the beginning of your journey may not be appropriate as we progress. The following are some different approaches that I use as part of my integrative counselling service.
Person Centred Counselling
Person Centred Counselling was founded in the 1940s by the psychologist Carl Rogers. This theory is based on the belief that everyone has the capacity for personal growth and change given the right conditions.
This humanistic approach is a move away from the idea that the counsellor is the ‘expert’ directing the therapy, towards allowing the client to lead the sessions and becoming their own expert.
I endeavor to be an authentic, empathic and accepting listener to help you come to terms with negative emotions and views of self, so you can develop and change in your own way.
Compassion is at the heart of my practice as a person-centred counsellor and I have found this approach useful for those who suffer from grief, depression, anxiety, stress, abuse and other mental health difficulties.
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a counselling approach developed by psychologists Miller and Rollnick in the 1980s. It is a directive, client-centred counselling method that helps people to resolve ambivalent feelings about change. It is often used in drug and alcohol counselling, smoking cessation and with other physical health conditions but can be used with any area that requires a change in behaviour to help a person to make healthier choices for themselves.
This is an ideal therapy if you need to make changes in your life but have mixed feelings about doing so. It is usually a short-term therapy either used alongside other types of therapy or can be followed up with a different counselling approach once ambivalence about change is resolved.
Brief Solution Focussed Therapy
Not everybody who enters into counselling wants to explore the past and some clients express a preference for working in the here and now. I have a strong commitment to working in ways my clients believe will be beneficial for them. If working with your past is not for you then I am also trained in Brief Solution Focussed Therapy.
This method grew from the work of Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg in the late 70s. It is a solution focused approach which promotes positive change rather than dwelling on past problems. This approach encourages the client to focus on what they do well allowing them to set goals and work out how to achieve them. As little as 4-6 sessions are beneficial making this an ideal approach for short term therapy.
If my client has a specific area they wish to work on then it can also be integrated into longer term therapy at an appropriate stage in our therapeutic journey. This method is effective as a stand-alone therapeutic intervention or used in combination with others but works best with people who are relatively motivated to find solutions to their problems.
Sometimes the emotional core of an issue may be hard to reach, or some people may find it hard to express their emotions so working with objects can create a safe psychological distance from problems. Using objects to represent significant people or thoughts and feelings can feel less threatening and provide insight and self-reflection through the relationship between the objects. I work with sand and stones.Integrative counselling allows me to be adaptable to your needs as we work together. To find out more or for an initial consultation please contact me today.