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Eric Blencowe, The Ferns, 3 Grove Road, Fishponds, Bristol BS16 2BJ

Integrative Counselling

Counselling isn't about giving advice or me telling you what to do. It's about exploring thoughts and feelings about issues and concerns and, with the awareness that this creates, having an opportunity to discover how to move forward in life with this new knowledge.

 

Integrative therapy, or integrative counselling 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. This gives more choice of how you want to look at your issues and creates flexibility to tailor therapies to each individual client and their needs and aspirations.

 

I tend to employ what is known as “person-centred” therapy, which involves attunement to the client, and listening, and reflection. I often find patterns in what the client brings, of which they may or may not be aware. In this way I employ what is known as a “psychodynamic” approach. I have found that, when I observe such patterns, the client can move forward towards greater awareness of their own situation. Through awareness can often come a peaceful acceptance of their difficulties, and a way forward for them which will allow them to live with lessened or managed anxiety.

As with most therapies, for the therapy to be effective, it is vital to focus on what happens in the relationship between client and counsellor. Research shows that the relationship with your therapist or counsellor is as important as the actual method they use