Integrative Counselling

South Coast Counselling


Counselling is way of exploring your feelings about difficulties you may be having or have experienced in your life.  It can help you make sense of difficulties and concerns and help you to discover a positive approach to life.  A counsellor is a practitioner who is:


  • Professionally trained, qualified and registered by a governing body
  • Provides you with a safe place to explore your feelings, be listened to and be heard
  • Is impartial and objective
  • Is person centred - offering empathic, congruent and non-judgemental therapy.


Whether you are seeking long term support to explore long standing concerns or looking for support through a current difficulty; Sharon will work with you on an individual basis to produce a unique therapy adapted to suit your individual wants and needs.  The sessions will be tailored and reviewed to suit each individual.


Sharon can help you develop an understanding of yourself and those around you.  She will help enable you to work on the problems you may be facing and will facilitate you to implement positive changes in your life.


The therapy will be built on a working alliance between you the client and your counsellor.  You will have the opportunity to be heard without judgement and to create a safe environment built on respect and understanding.  You will feel comfortable in sharing your feelings and emotions and be helped to reduce confusion and enable choice and to move forward in life with a positive outlook.

What is Integrative Counselling?


Integrative counselling draws on theoretical perspectives and integrates the knowledge and skills from various proven therapies.  Integrative therapy, or integrative counselling is a combined approach to psychotherapy that brings together different elements of specific therapies.


Not all therapy approaches suit all people; people are individual and therefore the therapy that will suit them is tailored to their specific requirements.  Individuals think, feel and react in different ways.  Integrating these different approaches, brings changes to lives.  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 their individual needs and personal circumstances.


Integrative counselling will draw upon:


  • Person Centred Counselling
  • Transactional  Analysis
  • Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


Integrative counselling maintains the idea that there are many ways in which human psychology can be explored and understood.  All theories are considered to have value, therefore, require the need to be integrated.  The integrative approach refers to the infusion of an individuals personality and needs then integrates the affective, behavioural, cognitive and physiological systems in one person.  Integrative counsellors tailor the therapy to their clients and not the client to the therapy; as they are not only concerned that an approach works but why it works.

What is the aim of integrative therapy?


The aim of integrative therapy is to promote healing, facilitate wholeness and ensure that all levels of a persons' being and functioning are maximised to their full potential.  In order for integrative therapy to work, the client must be committed to self-exploration and open to identifying the factors in their life that may be the cause of prolonging, current and past problems.


The integrative approach enables clients to focus on the fears and hurt that limit their psychological freedom and recognise triggers that may cause disruptive patterns of behaviour.  The integrative approach will help create a healthy alliance between mind and body; it will empower clients to set goals, practice new behaviours and move beyond their limitations to discover greater life and satisfaction.  It will be tailored to the client’s personal limits and external constraints.

How does integrative therapy work?


Integrative therapy works as it is centred on the active exploration of experience.  The role of the integrative counsellor is to use specific techniques and key concepts drawn from various approaches that are appropriate to their client to foster and explore this experience. The approaches that will be integrated may include:


  • Humanistic therapies
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic therapies
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Transactional  Analysis


Each of these approaches offer explanation and insight into human behaviours, as well as, unique understanding of key factors of behaviour and functioning such as cognitive and emotional.


The client-therapist relationship is a crucial element of integrative therapy.  It is generally believed that the most effective model requires the therapist to be non-judgemental, interpersonal and intent on establishing a supportive and cooperative relationship with their client.  They must also engage in deep, attentive listening without the pre-suppositions that can distort understanding.

Benefits of integrated therapy


The benefits of integrated therapy include:


  • Flexibility
  • Focus on the whole person
  • Tailor made therapy that meets a variety of needs and concerns


The approach of integrative therapy is especially beneficial to those who want to overcome negative patterns of behaviours caused for varying reasons including; anxiety, depression, fears, phobias, trauma, bereavement and addiction. These problems can affect the four dimensions of human functioning – affective, behavioural, cognitive and physiological systems.


Integrative counselling typically requires a substantial investment of time and commitment on the part of the client due to the in-depth exploration of issues and goal setting.  Therefore, it may not suit those who require a quick, solution-focused approach. However, the length of therapy will depend on the client's individual needs and goals.  To discuss further, contact Sharon today and book a confidential consultation.

South Coast Counselling