What is Counselling?
Counselling is an opportunity for you to explore your life and your issues in a safe, non judgemental space. You may feel low, anxious and not know why or there may have been a specific trigger that you can name and identify. Counselling is about finding your answers and developing coping skills that will serve you throughout your life. Sometimes therapy is about learning to accept what you cannot change and sometimes it is about changing your own approach to life &/or others. I am trained as an Integrative therapist, Integrative Therapy as the name suggests, is an approach that blends elements of different therapies. I believe that one approach does not suit everyones. Instead, everyone is viewed as an individual, who needs to be looked at as a whole system and the correct techniques personalised to suit them and the issues they are struggling with.
What is the aim of integrative counselling?
“Integrative counselling aims to promote healing and facilitate wholeness – ensuring that all levels of a person’s being and functioning (mental, physical and emotional health) are maximised to their full potential. Clients must be committed to self-exploration and open to identifying what factors in their life are perpetuating problems, and/or are causing current concerns” counselling-directory.org.uk. The client is enabled to look at themselves honesty and decide what is and what is not working for them. They then can change or adapt in a way that suits them as individuals. It encourages a deeper knowledge of yourself and how your mind & body are inter-related and allows you to set goals and learn new ways of being that help you live the life you want to live. Self knowledge leads to empowerment and aids the ability to change & grow.
Lifespan Integration Therapy.
“Many talking therapies work to change thinking, in order to change self-defeating behaviour and heal old hurts. LI works with the body-mind system and change comes about due to the neural change occuring in the brain and body. Self awareness comes from the transformation that has occurred rather than needing to be self-aware in order to transform.” lifespanintegration.co.uk.
It is a gentle therapy that works with the clients body held responses in order to address the reasons behind the feelings or the words. A Timeline is constructed and is the foundation of the work, it works on releasing old trauma that limit us in the present by integrating them into the here and now. Peggy Pace developed this model of working ( 2003). It helps heal trauma, anxiety, attachment issues, grief, loss….
Lifespan Integration Therapy for LI therapists
To become a Certified Lifespan Intergration Therapist, you need to complete a minimum of 12 sessions of personal therapy, alongside regular consultations ( Supervisions). The aim is ensure that therapists have a strong core, therefore some people may require more than 12 sessions. For ore information https://lifespanintegration.com
Supervision is a requirement for all counsellors but I believe that any person involved with people will benefit from supervision. It is an opportunity to reflect on your practice, what went well and what could have gone better. It allows for personal growth to occur in a non judgemental environment. It is your space to explore and expand your knowledge. Work that ignores reflection can impact negatively on you and those you come into contact with. Elaine Patterson’a book “Reflect to Create” explores reflective practices in great depth. Out soon!