To integrate means to 'combine'. Integrative therapy is when several individual models of
counselling and psychotherapy are used together to create one cohesive model.
Integrative counselling is humanistic in orientation and is aimed at
creating a multi-dimensional model that takes all of these elements into
account in one combined theory. Integrative Therapy views the
person as a whole and take into account the uniqueness
of each individual.
In basic terms, the ethos behind integrative therapy is:
- Each individual is unique and whole
- Views the relationship between client and counsellor as 'reparative' and this is what helps to heal the client
that there are many counselling orientations and philosophies and all have their benefits. In life there are many conflicts and there can be many
answers to one question. Learning to manage those conflicts side by
side - e.g. like yin and yang is really beneficial for the client
- Based on the counsellors philosophy of life and tailors the therapy to the client and not the client to the therapy