Integrated Life Counselling comprises a person centered approach to therapy that considers all aspects of a person’s life in establishing:
The relationship between therapist and client forms the foundation upon which the therapeutic relationship is built. It is founded in the principals of empathic understanding, unconditional positive regard and congruence.
My task as therapist is to help in removing obstacles preventing you from achieving quality of life.
It allows for the premise that each person holds the answers to his or her own problems and difficulties, but is struggling to identify and implement them in a meaningful manner due to events, outside pressures, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and/or substance abuse.
With the guidance of the counsellor the client determines the direction of counselling through a process of willing disclosure, self examination, identifying faulty perceptions and finding rational options in determining how to act on the problems experienced.
It is an uncluttered look at what formulates client views, how these views inform client decision making and how it influences their interaction with people around them.
Person centered integrated counselling emphasises a commitment of honesty and realness from the therapist towards the client. The client and therapist become “fellow travellers”, setting goals and working towards achieving them together. The client determines the pace, duration and termination of the therapeutic process based on his or her needs at any particular moment during the relationship.
The recovery and growth process of the client is encouraged to extend to six integrated dimensions of daily living:
Existential / Spiritual Fulfilment
Structural and Vocational Balance
Clients may be provided with weekly and longer term goals as agreed upon between the counsellor and counsellee.
Clearly Define the Person You Want to Be....
Who exactly do you want to be? What kind of person do you want to be?
What are your personal ideals?
Whom do you admire?
What are their special traits that you would make your own?
It's time to stop being vague. If you wish to be an extraordinary person, if you wish to be wise, then you should explicitly identify the kind of person you aspire to become.
"The Art of Living"
(circa 55-135 CE)