Integrative psychotherapy is often understood to include the idea of integration in the client’s process. This is the notion that we are all made up of different psychological parts, some of which may be in conflict with each other or denied to our awareness.
Many schools of therapy subscribe to the idea that integration of these parts is an integral part of the therapeutic process. Carl Rogers called this the actualising tendency, in which aspects of ourselves, previously disowned or shunned, can be explored and accepted as we move through the seven stages of process.
Similarly, gestalt therapy works with the concept of the integrated self, and there is particular emphasis on the wholeness of the mind and body – that these parts of ourselves are unified and cannot be separated. In psychodynamic terms,
Carl Jung discusses the process of individuation, whereby the client brings unconscious elements of their personality into awareness, and can then integrate these previously unknown areas of self into their psyche. Integrative counselling can incorporate some or all of these theoretical perspectives to help clients to engage with the process of personal integration.
Advantages of an integrative approach in counselling “Integrative counselling and psychotherapy is a relational process. This means that the therapeutic relationship is an essential ingredient in the work that the therapist and counsellor do together.
"The alliance between client and therapist is the vessel for the therapeutic journey; when it is valued and nurtured, it provides the safety needed for the work to take place. In integrative counselling, the developing relationship allows the therapist to adapt their approach to the needs of the client, and for the client to feel safe enough to explore and express their needs. Integrative therapy is a collaborative process, and the relationship is central.” Erin Stevens 2018
A key advantage of integrative therapy is its flexibility and focus on the whole of an individual.
The integration of different approaches means therapy can be tailored to meet a variety of needs and concerns, making it arguably a more flexible and inclusive approach to treatment than more traditional, singular forms of psychotherapy. It can be particularly beneficial for those who want to overcome negative patterns of behaviour caused by anxieties, fears or phobias.
It can be equally effective for any other mental health issue that is greatly impacting life satisfaction, such as; addiction, depression, past and current trauma, bereavement and low self-esteem. It has also been found useful in improving daily function in younger people with autism and learning difficulties, which can affect the four dimensions of human functioning.
Integrative psychotherapy techniques can be incorporated into almost any type of therapeutic work with adolescents, and adults, in individual practice or group settings.
Due to the in-depth exploration of issues and setting of goals, integrative counselling typically requires a substantial investment of time on the part of the client.
The counsellor’s role within integrative therapy is to tailor the therapeutic experience for each individual client by using specific techniques and key concepts drawn from various approaches - all of which are deemed appropriate for the client and their needs.
The central premise of integrative counselling is that there are many ways in which human functioning can be explored and understood. Integration can occur through a variety of modalities/systems of perspective, including; humanistic therapies, psychoanalytical and psychodynamic therapies and cognitive and behavioural therapies.
Each approach offers explanation and insight into human behaviour, as well as a unique understanding of key factors that will result in changes in behaviour and other areas of functioning such as cognition and emotions. These can be reinforced when selectively integrated with other elements of therapy.
If an integrative therapist is working with a client that has behavioural problems, they may want to start the therapy by working on adjusting behavioural functioning and reducing symptoms. This may involve applying cognitive behavioural techniques to help the client establish some control over their functioning before moving on to the next stage of therapy (i.e. working on improving, and gaining insight into the client's behaviours, emotions and thoughts). In this stage, the therapist may employ psychoanalytic techniques that recall childhood experiences and interpretation, dream analysis or analysis of transference.
To begin, you’ll have a top-to-toe health check CT scan, blood tests, ultrasounds, liver check, togetherwith functional medical tests which assess nutrition, deficiencies and gut health. This will give us a complete physical medical overview.
One-to-one therapy takes place on an individual basis, between yourself and the most appropriate psychologist and nutritionist for your unique requirements and is designed to provide you with a safe, supportive space in which to explore personal issues and connect with the feelings that are associated with these.
Our team provide you with structure, as well as the opportunity to spend time away from your everyday living situation in order to remove any negative influences that might be contributing to your eating condition. We give you with the time, care and attention that you need to fully address your mental health concerns, tackle any underlying problems or triggers, improve your quality of life, and make a strong and lasting recovery.
We also offer access to a range of wellbeing activities as part of our inpatient treatment programmes, including yoga, meditation and exercise classes, which allow you to not only focus on your relationship with food, but also spend time on your mind, body and spirit, during your stay with us.
Please do call us for a confidential 30 minute chat. We will give you our best advice and our conversation will be completely confidential. There is no charge for this and no commitment from you to proceed.
Following this and with agreement we will arrange for a lead clinician to meet with you and your charge to assess and consider how to build an appropriately bespoke programme.
When the programme is fully developed and the team fully assigned then we can begin treatment. Treatment is set out in monthly block with periodic assessments with a minimum three month commitment to the programme whether inpatient, out patient or virtual.
Simply send us an email with your contact details and a time when you are available to talk.
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We offer a range of options for assessments and outpatient therapy, including online media andthrough Zoom or Skype via a secure video link. This can be provided for both individual and group based treatments, which have been well received by patients. We are now also operating face-to-face outpatient services, which are continually risk assessed.
Fees and Cost Structure Initial 30 minute consultation is without charge. We understand that families and individuals can be constrained financially and with this in mind we strive to make our programmes available to everyone regardless of affordability.
To be effective, treatment programmes need to in place for a minimum of three months. Our price policy begins with establishing individual monthly affordability from which we can work out the number of sessions required with each specialist on the team.
The process begins with a full evaluation with the Clinical Director which will establish the basic requirements for the programme. The rate for this assessment and ongoing sessions is B6000 inclusive of taxes.
On going out patient care and recovery programmes are charged at a rate of B4000 per hour.
Our recovery team and mentors are available seven days per week for an agreed monthly rate calculated on expected requirements and evaluated monthly dependent on progress. All prices subject to programme design and longevity together with ongoing after care.
Fees exclusive of taxes, travel, accommodation and catering.
Enjoy a free half hour consultation to take the next step and learn more about integrative psychotherapy, psychology and how our care can help you change the course of your life.