The Hove Counselling Practice is run by Claire Sainsbury, and offers an integrative style of therapy. You may be interested to know that research shows therapy works well regardless of a therapist’s approach, providing there is a good working relationship between the client and the therapist. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you “like or get on with the therapist” but that you feel able to talk about whatever is on your mind and to challenge your therapist sometimes if you feel he or she hasn’t understood you. It means you feel able to trust and to show your feelings about difficulties, which can allow your therapist to empathise with you and to begin to know what it is like to be you. This experience can then empower you to discover new ways of responding to situations, to feel increasingly more confident and to build on your self-belief.
What is Integrative Therapy?
This involves a mix of approaches so that therapists can use different models according to an individual client’s needs. Read on if you want to know a bit more about CBT, Psychodynamic, Jungian, Attachment, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt and Humanistic approaches in therapy.
CBT or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: looks at thought and behaviour patterns and is useful in helping a person work towards a specific change in something they do or are afraid of doing. By keeping a weekly record of thoughts and feelings for example, a client can help a therapist to understand his or her personal blocks and difficulties. In this way a person can learn to study themselves in-between sessions and often this becomes a useful support once therapy has ended. This method is particularly helpful to people struggling with addictive patterns around eating, drinking, gambling, internet usage, exercising, socialising and studying for example. It can also help in cases where a person is fearful of taking some action such as driving, using lifts, dating, asking for a pay rise at work or learning to be assertive in a relationship, to name but a few.
Emotions and Bodily Responses are also involved in peoples’ reactions and responses to life events so part of this self-monitoring can focus on what is happening in your body and how you are feeling when you are anxious about something or feeling stuck in a behaviour pattern. It may be that you notice yourself becoming very tense with shallow breathing when you are fearful or you may start to sweat a lot. You may have different feelings such as anger, frustration or sadness depending on what you are attempting to do. People are complex because their responses in life involve feelings and bodily reactions as well as thoughts and action. Therapy can help you to tune into your body and personal feelings and learn how to use these more in making decisions and taking important actions in your life.
Psychodynamic & Jungian Approaches
These models of therapy consider the human mind and the conscious and unconscious influences upon who we are. As you focus more on who and how you are through therapy, you may become aware of hidden aspects of ‘you’ that help you to understand something about yourself more clearly. Your therapist may suggest creative methods within your work if this seems appropriate, such as discussing dreams, working with mental images, drawing pictures or forming patterns with objects like stones for example.
Attachment & Transactional Analysis
These approaches can explain the types of relationships that people typically form with other people. Attachment describes the way you connect with other people and often relates back to your experiences with the people who cared for you when you were young. Therapy can help you to understand more about the way you relate to other people and if this is causing problems in your life, then your therapist can help you to understand why. Transactional Analysis involves the popular model of “Parent, Adult and Child” which can also help you to understand relationship difficulties. By looking at examples of how problems arise in a relationship, this may highlight important changes that can be made. For example, when a couple disagree, one may start to become bossy and behave like a ‘parent’ which might lead the other person to become angry and frustrated, feeling powerless like a’child.’ It is unlikely that the couple will be able to discuss their disagreement and find a solution unless they can be reasonable with each other, so therapy would help a couple to understand how their individual behaviour affects their ability to work through difficulties together. Often people become so lost in their own behaviour that they cannot easily see what is happening. A therapist will have the distance from the relationship to be able to do this and offer feedback.
Gestalt and Humanistic Approaches
These models help a therapist to focus on how a client is experiencing things in his or her life. This involves more than just observing a person and listening. The therapist will try to imagine what it is like to be in their client’s shoes so that they can attempt to understand as fully as possible, the experiences that are being described and shared through words and feelings. This can help someone to feel less alone in the world with deeply distressing thoughts and feelings and allow new internal images to be formed that can provide ongoing future support.
If you are interested in knowing more about any of these therapeutic approaches, the internet is a rich source of information. Your ideas and thoughts about which style of therapy might be best for you, will also be welcomed at The Hove Counselling Practice.
Claire Sainsbury is interested in researching clients’ experiences of therapeutic help and is currently involved in exploring the nature of compulsive urges amongst people with a variety of addictions. Her qualifications follow:
- Psychology Degree
- Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Therapy
- Masters Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy Practice
- Registered accredited member of BACP
The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy: www.bacp.co.uk act as a regulator within the field of Counselling & Psychotherapy, so ensuring that member practitioners follow appropriate training & practice guidelines in therapeutic work with clients. In accordance with professional guidelines, all clinical work at the Hove Counselling Practice will remain anonymous and confidential with brief client notes kept securely. Client cases may be discussed in confidence and with minimum identifying details in clinical consultation as per BACP professional requirements.
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Areas, Problems and Issues Covered
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger’s syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Couples issues
- Cross cultural relationships
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette’s syndrome
- Work related stress