Matrix History and the Integrative Approach

Our History

In 2001 Dr Susie Jones founded Matrix by gathering together a team of experienced trainers to offer a high quality integrative training for counsellors.

In 2005 Matrix achieved validation from Middlesex University and offered the first degree award in counselling in Suffolk. In 2011 Matrix achieved UKCP registration and joined the PCIPC (Psychotherapeutic Counselling & Intersubjective Psychotherapy) College of UKCP. On completion of 450 client hours all graduates are eligible to register as Psychotherapeutic Counsellors with UKCP.

In April 2014 Matrix was reviewed successfully by The QAA (Quality Assurance Agency) as a provider of good quality Higher Education.

Matrix has a strong history of facilitating excellence in counselling through heightening knowledge, developing skills, emphasising self-reflective practice and promoting ethical and safe standards.

Our students in their agency placements are recognised for their maturity, skills and ethical practice.

Our Integrative Approach

Working as an integrative counsellor involves a specialist training drawing together theories and concepts from the three main schools of thought (Humanistic, Analytic and Cognitive-Behavioural) to create a synthesis of understanding about the formation of the self. The fundamental starting point is that there can be no one theoretical perspective that is the truth.

Matrix’s aim is to create a fertile learning environment where our students can develop a sound philosophy of theory and practice that embraces concepts and perspectives from different schools of psychotherapy. This philosophy has to be coherent and congruent with the belief system of the student.

So, our students need to be interested in ambiguities, conceptualisations, and explorations. They need to be committed to finding a 'way through' to forming a soundly organised, ethical and reflexive practice.

This development of a student’s individual integrative framework becomes a constantly changing and developing process that reflects their personal values, philosophy and relating style. This becomes the ground that informs their practice.

Matrix’s philosophy is based on a belief in the importance of the therapeutic relationship. This focus on relationship is woven throughout the course. We consider the development of the self in relationship with others as a continually evolving intersubjective process and therefore see that both tutors and students can grow and learn from the joint experience of training.