Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy - A Text Book

Authors: Professor Basia Spalek, Mark Spalek (MSc)

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Book Synopsis


Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy: A Textbook is an engaging and comprehensive guide to integrative counselling, providing an explanation of the theoretical ideas underpinning person-centred, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioural (CBT) and hypnotherapeutic modalities.

Divided in two major sections, this book first provides a detailed exploration of the key integrative concepts - presence, emotional and psychological processing, attachment, thinking, and the unconscious - and then practically applies these concepts to the issues commonly brought by clients to therapy.

With the help of case studies, exercises and chapter questions, Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy will be essential reading for students on integrative counselling and psychotherapy courses and for integrative practitioners.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd


1. Presence for mental health and wellbeing: An integrative approach

2. Processing emotional and psychological distress integratively

3. Attachment as an integrative concept

4. Thinking, through an integrative therapeutic lens

5. Working integratively with our conscious and unconscious minds

6. Working integratively with bereavement and loss

7. Working integratively with anxiety

8. Working integratively with depression

9. Working integratively with relationships

10. Working integratively with shame and guilt

More about us as authors

Mark Spalek and Basia Spalek are brother and sister - Mark specialises in hypnotherapy while Basia is a counsellor and psychotherapist:

Mark Spalek

Mark Spalek is a Clinical Hypnotherapist, NLP Practitioner and Self-Help Publisher with a private practice in Leicester, Positive Suggestions. He specialises in working with fears, anxiety, depression and confidence. Mark is registered with the General Hypnotherapy Register and offers a bespoke audio hypnotherapy service at for international clients. Mark has run relaxation and mindfulness workshops for the local community as well as UK-based charities. He has taught confidence building in Further Education and developed training materials for people wishing to get back into employment. In his spare time Mark enjoys running, cycling and reading.

Professor Basia Spalek

Basia Spalek is a Visiting Professor in Conflict Transformation at the University of Derby. She has conducted internationally renowned research on community-based approaches to countering violent extremism. Basia has also taught Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy to students studying for a Masters degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Derby. Basia is a BACP accredited therapist and works part-time for the University of Leicester Student Counselling Service. Basia also has her own private therapy practice at Basia supervises Counselling and Psychotherapy trainees and practitioners, and she is currently supervising mental health workers in Trondheim Norway. Basia also enjoys long distance running, having completed many Marathons, and she is now a United Kingdom Athletics running coach.

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Review of Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy by Basia and Mark Spalek

"This book offers many tips on making the therapeutic experience better for the client, and all practitioners will find at least some of the tips extremely useful.  The book also works brilliantly to empower the client, and is constantly trying to do this. In my opinion this is extremely important as it goes a long way to redress the antiquated therapist-client imbalance of power.  This, I think, is what Carl Rogers wanted and I hope he’s smiling angelically at your work."

Andy F

Engaging and inspirational book. A must read for all counsellors

"This book has been a tremendous help to me. It explains without pretension how to work integratively with different modalities and the issues that clients bring with them. It is an interesting and engaging read with valuable insight and therapeutic tools and interventions for use with clients and ourselves. There are short stories, case studies, grounding and meditation methods. I cannot enthuse enough how delighted I am to have discovered this book! As a level 4 diploma student who is feeling a bit anxious about competence and being with clients, it is just what I need to inspire me and help me to grow and learn as a counsellor."

One of the best books about mental health issues with clear down-to-earth practical solutions.

"Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy: A Textbook is a highly recommended and useful tool in every mental health clinician’s toolbox. It is written by two well experienced psychotherapists and counsellors, Mark and Basia Spalek, explaining many key ideas and issues most commonly experienced in everyday’s mental health clinical settings. In this book you find valuable thoughts and ideas, written in a clear and easy to understand language, about an integrative concept of presence and a way of dealing with nowaday’s stesses and demands, using creative combinations of different techniques. Authors give many examples and case studies to show how certain thinking patterns, strategies and exercises help the clients and therapists to connect more easily and achieve better results.
Full of practical tips and advice, this book should be an important part of a reading list for anyone interested in mental health and wellbeing.



Fantastic, practical guidance on being an effective counsellor

"Integrative counselling and psychotherapy is an excellent book, finding the perfect mix of practical, easy to implement techniques, with a solid grounding in well researched theory. The book is full of interesting and applicable stories and anecdotes to help further ground your understanding of a particular counselling approach. The research is well referenced and offers numerous directions of further reading should you wish to delve a bit deeper. The focus is of course an Integrative Approach to counselling and the authors have put a lot of effort into laying out how a counsellor would approach certain psychotherapeutic needs using an integrative approach. This book is a valuable resource for any therapist and should find a permanent place on your bookshelf no matter your approach to counselling."


Powerful and emotional

"A powerful and emotional read. A masterpiece in storytelling and textbook. I'm a student at Derby University studying for an MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy and bought this book for my course but this is more than a study book, it's a guide for life. When people say I couldn't put this down, I could. It stirred my emotions and made me evaluate my thoughts behaviours and direction in life. The ghost in the attic and the boy who dug and dug and dug have made me re-evaluate my being. A must read for everyone."