Sonia Clarke BSc Dip. Couns. MBACP (Accred)
Integrative Counselling & CBT
What is Integrative Therapy
Integrative counselling allows the therapist to explore a clients experience from a variety of different theoretical perspectives. An integrative counsellor will work with your experience and introduce the appropriate theory and technique to suit you therapeutically because what works with one client won’t necessarily work with another. Working together we can use the insights and techniques of Person Centred , Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to help you bring about the changes you want in your life.
What is CBT?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, CBT, has in recent years become the main stream psychological therapy. It is the specified therapy recommended by the department of health in its publications. Over recent years it has been the psychological treatment of choice, for anxiety, depression and post traumatic stress disorder and other conditions recommended in the NICE guidelines. It is a counselling style that has a solid base in clinical science and develops further with new research findings.
What does CBT involve?
Whilst consultations are essentially talking-therapy sessions, CBT goes beyond just talking and involves practical tasks, exercises and experiments to enhance understanding of the difficulty and to help bring about changes in feelings, beliefs, thinking and behaviour. It is an essential part of therapy that clients have an understanding of the process causing their difficulty, so that the tasks, exercises and experiments make sense within that context. For this reason therapist and client are, in essence, collaborators in a problem-solving process. Clients, in discussion with the therapist, decide which tasks and exercise they feel ready to undertake. There may be times when it is important to look at previous history but this is not usually an extensive part of the process. Treatment is more usually grounded in present experience, tends to be de-mystifying and usually has a problem orientated focus.
Supervision is necessary to ensure the ethical practice of any therapist.