What is Integrative Counselling?
Integrative Counselling uses multiple approaches to tailor the counselling process to each person’s concerns and personal history. It is also holistic, and addresses the whole person by taking into account the relationship between the client’s emotional, physical and spiritual states. In my practice, I will use a combination of the following approaches:
Is a approach that seeks to create an atmosphere where the client can communicate their present thoughts and feelings without judgement. The counsellor uses empathic understanding, reflective listening, unconditional positive regard without trying to point out directions and provide solutions. This ending result of this approach is client’s growth, self-actualization (full potential) and ability to discover the answers for him or herself.
Is a approach that seeks to bring the client unconscious content into awareness . This form of counselling seeks to understand the client’s childhood, family relationships and past experiences and its influence on present behaviour and concerns.
is an approach that takes into account the relationship between the clients thoughts, feelings and beliefs and its impact on the body. Emotional trauma can get trapped within the body reflected in facial expressions, posture, muscle tension (body amour) and body language. Through counselling and therapeutic body techniques, the client can receive healing from physical sensations and armouring.
Is a holistic form of counselling that seeks to integrate the spiritual aspects of the human experience in the counselling process. Techniques such as meditation, guided visualization, energy healing, dreamwork, spiritual traditions, examination of mystical experiences and spiritual crisis will be used to address mental health and spiritual development.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Is an approach that seeks to address cognitive distortions such challenging thoughts, beliefs, attitudes and behaviours and improve emotional regulation. This approach will help clients develop coping strategies to target cognitive distortions and current problems.
Is a practice that focuses on paying attention to the present moment with non-judgment. Techniques such Mindful meditation of thoughts, feelings or breath, Mindful walking, Mindful eating, Mindful listening and body scan help facilitate awareness of the present moment. Mindfulness can reduce stress, improve focus, emotional regulation, creativity and physical well being.
Is an approach that uses as art and creative expression as a from of therapy. Through the use of drawing and painting, clients can examine challenging thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations not easily expressed with conventional counselling.
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How does Integrative Counselling differ from Psychotherapy?
Integrative Counselling uses multiple approaches to assist individuals through advising, support, instruction, resolution of dilemmas, improvement of coping strategies, emotional regulation, social skill development, coaching and spiritual counselling. As a pre-licensed practitioner, I am not yet authorized to perform the controlled act of psychotherapy which treats serious disorders of thought, cognition, mood, emotion, perception or memory that may seriously impair an individual’s judgement, insight, behaviour, communication or social functioning. As a result, my services are not intended to treat serious mental disorders and suicidality.
Is Integrative Counselling Covered?
As a pre-licensed practitioner, I am supervised by a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. My services may be covered by private insurance due my supervision arrangement. Currently counselling services are not covered by OHIP.
Integrative Counselling Fees
My standard fee is $100.00 (tax exempt) for a 60 minute session, however I do operate on a sliding scale. Payment can be made by cash, cheque or e-transfer immediately following the session.
A minimum of 24 hours notice is required to cancel a session with no financial penalty. Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice are subject to the full session fee, except in the case of an emergency or serious illness.