Choosing an integrative counsellor
Written by listed counsellor/psychotherapist: Hazel Hill MSc, Accredited Individual & Couple Counsellor
29th September, 20140 Comments
Taking a step to have counselling is not an easy one. You may find it is difficult to admit to yourself that you need help and you may be worried about how other people might judge you. You may also find as you are feeling low, depressed or confused you are not always able to make the right decision. You might feel hesitant to which counsellor is right for you and nervous about who you can trust.
So how do you choose the right counsellor for you?
Primarily you want to ensure that your counsellor is properly trained to be a counsellor. One way you can do this is by ensuring they are registered with an affiliated organisation such as British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Your decision is then based on finding someone who you know that you can work with and who makes you feel that they will respect and trust you.
You will find that counsellors all use different ways of working based upon their counselling philosophy. Each method helps you get the same result but it is up to you to decide which one will work for you.
What is integrative counselling?
Integrative counselling is integrating a mixture of different counselling models. An integrative counsellor is primarily non-directive and believes that the relationship is paramount to the counsellor and client working together. In a safe and confidential space clients are able to choose what issue they would like to work with and are able to take their own lead in exploring their problems. This allows the client to trust in themselves and find their own solutions. An integrative counsellor supports the client by being congruent, respectful and non-judgemental in order for the client to trust in their own wisdom.
Often this approach is enough to enable clients to find new direction in their lives and solutions to their problems. However, some clients need help to bring about a positive change. This is where integration of different counselling tools works. The counsellor will choose different methods based on the client’s issues and what the counsellor feels will work for the client. Often methods that a counsellor will integrate are directive tools such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), creative therapy or salutation focused therapy. This can include role plays, self-talk or problem solving. Another useful tool is writing a diary or creative method such as drawing or music.
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