Integrative Counselling , as the name suggests, is a combined approach to psychotherapy that brings together different elements of specific therapies. Integrative therapists take the view that there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations and adapt the blend to the individual client.
Margaret Moroney practices Integrative Counselling here at Mulberry House. She combines elements from Psychodynamic and Person-centred counselling, as detailed below:
Psychodynamic counselling views our early life experiences as the foundation of how we relate to ourselves and others. It places particular emphasis on the relationship between client and counsellor, their dynamic, and offers the client a means to understanding the unconscious forces at play in their lives. This encourages the client to open up and explore unresolved issues and conflict, hidden in their unconscious that are affecting their mood and behaviour.
Person-centred counselling seeks to put the client at the centre of the work at all times, seeing them as the expert rather than the counsellor. At its heart is the belief that we all have an innate tendency to be our best selves given the right conditions, the absence of which can lead to great emotional distress. The person-centred counsellor strives to recreate these core conditions for the individual and facilitate their journey towards self-actualisation.