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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Latest Book Reviews

"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