Integrative counselling

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Each person needs to be considered as a whole

Integrative therapy is a combined approach that brings together different elements of specific therapies. Integrative therapists take the view that there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations. Each person needs to be considered as a whole and counselling techniques must be tailored to individual needs and personal circumstances not the person tailored to match the therapy. In this way therapy can be tailored to meet a variety of needs and concerns.

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. Each approach offers explanation and insight into human behaviour, as well as a unique understanding of key factors that will result in changes to behaviour and other areas of functioning such as cognition and emotions.

The length of the therapy will depend on the client, the therapeutic goals set and the types of issues that are being addressed.

To discuss counselling or book an appointment,
email or call Karen Cherrington today on 07832 195924

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” ― Carl R. Rogers

More About Our Integrative Model

Integrative therapists generally have one core model of therapy to which they integrate other models. At KLC Counselling the core model utilised is a Person Centred one. Person-centered counselling acknowledges that people are their own best authority and focuses on an individuals thoughts and feelings, rather than on those of the therapist.

Person Centred Therapy operates on the principle that there must be conditions offered to the client, which encourage optimum growth. These are:

  1. Unconditional positive regard – simply put, our clients are accepted unconditionally and without judgment. They are completely free to explore all feelings/points of view, be they positive or negative and without any need to conform to any particular standards of behaviour.
  2. Empathic understanding – this means that key to our role is to see things through our clients eyes, without imposing our own point of view. It is our role to ensure that we are in tune with our clients thoughts, feelings and meaning.
  3. Congruence – this means that we will be authentic, genuine and transparent. We will be true to our client: counsellor relationships and will not present barriers to communication or be authoritative. We will be true and honest.

Under adverse conditions it is believed that an individual never grows to full potential and therefore at KLC Counselling we work hard to maintain these conditions.

“What I am is good enough if I would only be it openly.” ― Carl R. Rogers

Benefits of an Integrative Approach

At KLC Counselling it is believed that this integrative approach will enable our clients to develop and grow to their full potential and in their own way. We hope to facilitate an experience of positive therapeutic change in such a way that a person is true to themselves and independent of any external pressure to act in a certain way.

To discuss counselling or book an appointment,
email or call Karen Cherrington today on 07832 195924