About

Integrative Therapies

About Us

We are a qualified, experienced team with over 20 years helping people

Carole & Ray Mansfield

We live in South Petherton, Somerset, where we continue to develop our areas of personal and professional interest and growth.

 

We provide Counselling and Psychotherapy services for individual clients, small groups and for people who are interested in personal growth and Self-Discovery.


Holotropic Breathwork is a powerful technique for those who wish to really deepen their process of self understanding. 

 

We each hold a

  • Post-graduate diploma in Transpersonal and Emotional Release Counselling
  • Certificate in Sandplay Studies
  • Graduate Certificate in Expressive Therapies with Adolescents and Children
  • Certified Holotropic Breathwork Practitioners

 

We are members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and continue our membership with the Expressive Therapies Institute of Australia as well as the Australian Counselling Association.

When living in Australia, we were members of the Queensland Transpersonal and Emotional Release Counsellors Association Inc. (QTERCA) (a constituent organisation of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia Inc.) (PACFA).

 

Members of the Australian Counsellors Association. (ACA)


We were on the National Board of Trainers for QTERCA and were the Australian organisers for the Grof Transpersonal Training from 2000 to 2004. 

 

From 2003 to 2006 we worked in the teaching faculty at the Expressive Therapies Institute of Australia training students in Australia and Singapore.

 

In Brisbane (private practice) we worked with individual clients (children, adolescents and adults) and also accepted referrals from G.P's, Government agencies, such as Dept of Child Safety, Youth support agencies, Schools etc.

 

We ran workshops and special interest groups on a variety of topics, as well as providing professional supervision for Counsellors, Educationalists, School Guidance Officers and Therapists.

Our work at Integrative Therapies is influenced by and owes much to the following pioneers:


 

 

Carl Jung - Jungian or Analytic Psychology

 

Dora Kalff - Sandplay Therapy

 

  • the unconscious has more power than the conscious
  • intrinsic movement in our psyche towards wholeness, the process known as - individuation
  • need for integration of the shadow
  • symbols are the language of the unconscious
  • spiritual dimension essential for meaning and healing

 

Fritz Perls - Gestalt Psychology

 

Violet Oaklander - Play Therapy Approach

 

  • Gestalt role-play work - reclaiming disowned energy, traits, feelings
  • idea of movement of issues between the foreground and background in the psyche

 

Stan Grof and Christina Grof - Transpersonal Psychology

 

  • impact of perinatal and birthing trauma
  • understanding of Transpersonal dimension of the psyche
  • use of breath to unlock the unconscious
  • concept of the inner healer - non-intrusion of the therapist

 

Wilhelm Reich - Experiential Development of Psychodynamic Tradition

 

  • connection between body, emotions and energy
  • ways to release armouring
  • importance of release of anger and hate
  • importance of moving towards sexual health

 

Alexander Bowen, Leslie Lowen & John Pierrakos - Bioenergetics/ Emotional Release

 

  • bioenergetics - exercises to support emotional and energetic release
  • flow of bioenergy essential for emotional and mental health

 

Leslie Greenberg - Emotion Focussed Therapy

 

  • argues for the central role of emotion in psychotherapeutic change
  • emotion ''schemes'' need to be activated in therapy
  • cites empirical support for the effectiveness of using a, ''complex integration of emotionally focussed intervention strategies.''

 

Mark Pearson & Helen Wilson - Expressive Therapies

 

Mark and Helen evolved Expressive Therapies from much of the above, and have been teaching for twenty years continuously.

This year sees their work expanding to S E Asia, New Zealand and to many major cities and towns within Australia.

 

Other influential writers/researchers:

 

  • Carl Rogers - Humanistic Psychology - person-centred approach
  • Howard Gardner - Multiple Intelligence Theory - relevant to counselling
  • Virginia Axline - Play Therapy - non-intrusive directions
  • Elizabeth Kubler-Ross - need for grief processes, emotional release

 

Integrative Therapies

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