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Buxton Road ,
Eastbourne,
BN20 7LF

07752 211 933

Counselling

Counselling4yous training, experience and approach is integrative. Whether you come for short or long term counselling my approach is predominantly about building a solid and trusting relationship with you, walking along side you on your journey and supporting you in whichever direction it takes, whether it is for just for 8 weeks or longer term. In this way I believe that you are strengthened, allowing you to be in a better position to face, understand and work through your difficulties.

I believe counselling is not just about working with what is damaged or hurting, it is also about hearing and nurturing you while constructive change, emotional healing and growth takes place from within. Also enabling you to live an improved and more balanced life, to communicate more effectively, be armed with new strategies, to have better boundaries and to enjoy a more positive and healthy life going forward.

Please see the headings on the left hand side of the page for the various approaches I use.

What is Integrative Counselling?

Integrative Counselling/Therapy embraces and affirms the unique and inherent value of each individual. It is a unifying approach that responds appropriately and effectively to the person at the affective, behavioural, cognitive, and physiological levels of functioning, as well as exploring the spiritual dimension of life.
 
The term "integrative counselling" refers to the process of integrating the personality, taking disowned, fragmented, denied, unaware, or unresolved aspects of the self and making them part of a cohesive personality, reducing the use of defence mechanisms that inhibit spontaneity and limit flexibility in problem solving, health maintenance, and relating to people, and re-engaging the world with full contact. It is the process of making whole. Through integration, it becomes possible for people to face each moment openly and freshly without the protection of a pre-formed opinion, position, attitude, or expectation.
 
Integrative Counselling also refers to the bringing together of the affective, cognitive, behavioural, and physiological systems within a person, with an awareness of the social and transpersonal aspects of the systems surrounding the person. These concepts are utilised within a perspective of human development in which each phase of life presents heightened developmental tasks, need sensitivities, crises, and opportunities for new learning.
 
Integrative counselling takes into account many views of human functioning. The psychodynamic, client-centered, behaviourist, cognitive, family therapy, Gestalt therapy, body-psychotherapies, object relations theories, psychoanalytic self-psychology, mindfulness and transactional analysis approaches are all considered within a dynamic systems perspective. Each provides a partial explanation of behaviour and each is enhanced when selectively integrated with other aspects of our approach. The interventions I use in Integrative Counselling is based on developmental research and theories describing the self-protective defences used when there are interruptions in normal development (attachment).
 
The aim of my integrative approach is to facilitate wholeness such that the quality of the persons being and functioning is maximised with due regard for each individuals own personal limits and external constraints.
 
Within this framework I recognise that integration is a process to which I as a counsellor also need to commit myself. Thus, there is a focus on my own personal integration. However, although a focus on my own personal growth is essential, I am also committed to the pursuit of knowledge in the area of counselling/psychotherapy and its related fields. I have a particular ethical obligation as an integrative counsellor for continued personal and professional development, to dialogue with colleagues of diverse orientations and to remain informed of developments in the field.