what is Integrative therapy?
There are many different types of psychological therapies based on specific approaches.
Integrative Therapy involves the therapist using a combination of approaches either at the same time or one after the other.
The type of approaches that are combined are based on the assessment of a client’s presenting needs which can vary between clients, even while presenting with similar concerns. Different approaches are used to help with different problems.
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.
A client may request reflective and exploratory work in which they wish to make links between their current situation and the past, as well as strategies to improve their life now and in the future.
Integrative Therapy offers flexibility to tailor the treatment to the individual’s needs and goals. In some services, the mostly commonly combined approaches include elements of cognitive behaviour therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, solution focused therapy and cognitive analytic therapy.
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What can integrative therapy be used for?
- Alcohol, Drug Abuse
- Post Natal Depression
- Panic, Phobias & Fears
- Sexual Issue
- Work and Career Issues
What happens during integrative therapy sessions?
Therapy is provided on regular basis and the numbers of sessions will be agreed at the start and renegotiated at intervals with the therapy, depending on need.
Sessions are usually individual and last from 50 minutes to one hour.
Integrative counselling aims to promote healing and facilitate wholeness - ensuring that all levels of a person's being and functioning (mental, physical and emotional health) are maximised to their full potential. Clients must be committed to self-exploration and open to identifying what factors in their life are perpetuating problems, and/or are causing current concerns.
The attitude and presence of an integrative counsellor is another crucial element of integrative therapy. It is generally believed that the most effective model requires the therapist to be non-judgemental, interpersonal and intent on establishing a supportive and cooperative relationship with their client
Receiving psychological input is a commitment and any gains achieved will rely on regular attendance and engagement with the process. At intervals, the client will be asked to fill in outcome questionnaires, in order to monitor changes in your well-being.
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