Integrative therapy, is a combined approach to psychotherapy and counselling that brings together different elements of the main psychotherapy traditions which are:
Humanistic – the 'person to person' relationship
Psychodynamic – the importance of the unconscious and early years
The Body – the physical basis of emotion, experience, growth and change, including what neuroscience and attachment studies have taught us in more recent years
Transpersonal – the experience beyond our material one, whilst addressing the impact of the social and political environment
Integrative therapists take the view that there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations. Each person needs to be considered as a whole and counselling techniques must be tailored to their individual needs and personal circumstances.
The integrative approach also refers to the infusion of a person's personality and needs - integrating the affective, behavioural, cognitive, and physiological systems within one person, as well as addressing social and spiritual aspects. Essentially, integrative counsellors are not only concerned with what works, but why it works - tailoring therapy to their clients and not the client to the therapy.
As well as this, Integrative therapy puts emphasis on the individuality and uniqueness of both the client and the therapist, recognising that each therapeutic relationship will be different as we behave differently depending on what others bring out in us. With this in mind, Integrative therapists commit to self-examination of how they are in relationship to each client, with a hope that an awareness of this will bring more insight and choice to the client, as patterns in other relationships may be repeated in the therapy room.
Fia Lindley-Jones offers Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, please see her Practitioner's page for more details.