What is Integral Counselling?

Integral Counselling is an innovate approach to counselling and psychotherapy that works by taking the needs of the whole person into account. From an integral perspective, everything is interconnected. That’s why we cannot look at any one aspect of ourselves—such as our emotional balance, work life, or physical health—in isolation. Only by seeing the big picture of our lives can we understand the pieces, and vice versa. By using a carefully selected combination of assessment tools and treatment approaches, an integral therapist is able to address the source of emotional health issues.

The goal of Integral Counselling is to restore and promote a positive sense of self and a  healthy life balance. In my practice, not only do I use a version of the Integral Assessment tool, but I also use Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Commitment therapy (“MAC Therapy”) to help heal and integrate your mind, brain/body, and relationships.

The areas included by an Integral approach to counselling can be visualized in a simple 4-quadrant diagram. The quadrants cover the inner, outer, individual, and social dimensions of our lives.

Inner Life Outer Life
Individual Thoughts, Feelings, Values Physical Health, Brain
Social Relationships, Culture Environment, Money

Of course, as an integral counsellor, I am not qualified to play the role of an MD in addressing physical health or neurological issues, nor can I serve the function of social worker in helping you obtain government assistance, job skills training, and so forth. However, I am very interested in how all 4 quadrants of your life affect your psychological health, and under your direction can provide resources and referrals, as needed, for the areas that lie outside of our therapeutic work together.

To learn more about Integral Counselling, please see my papers on the subject, which can be found on the Resources page.