Integrative Psychotherapy

There are many different models of counselling and psychotherapy available today: person centred, body therapy, Gestalt, psychosynthesis, transactional analysis, object relations, cognitive behavioural therapy, to name but a few. All of them are effective approaches to working with people.

Integrative psychotherapy aims to take all of these styles into account and arrive at a multidimensional model which is created anew for each individual client. A good way to understand this is to think of each different psychological model as a story. If you imagine hearing many separate stories about the same event, it is inevitable that each one will express certain aspects with accuracy and style and ignore other, crucial details. Luckily, the important parts left out of one story are sure to be revealed in another, so it's a question of picking your stories wisely and combining them to arrive at the richest account. It is likely though, that the different stories will disagree. Particularly if they are about something as complicated as an individual and his/her relationships. The skill for the therapist lies is managing this conflict and knowing when switching from one story to another might bring us closer to the truth. 

Good integrative therapy is flexible and broad spectrum, drawing on a wide range of resources and constantly adapting to the needs of the client. The change and conflict inherent in this approach mirrors beautifully the complexity and paradox of human experience.