Integrative Psychotherapy

Integrative Psychotherapy is a therapy that embraces an affirming attitude towards the inherent value of each individual. It is a uniting psychotherapy that responds appropriately and effectively to the person at a, behavioural, cognitive, and physiological level, as well as the spiritual dimension of life.

Integrative Psychotherapy is often referred to as being the bringing together of affective, cognitive, behavioural, and physiological systems within the person, with an awareness of the social and transpersonal aspects of the systems surrounding that person. These concepts are utilized within a perspective of human development in which each phase of life presents heightened developmental tasks, need sensitivities, crises, and opportunities for new learning.

This therapy takes into account the many views of human functioning. The psychodynamic, client-centered, behaviourist, cognitive, family therapy, Gestalt therapy, body-psychotherapies, object relations theories, psychoanalytic self-psychology, and transactional analysis approaches are all considered within a dynamic systems perspective. Each provides a partial explanation of behaviour and each is enhanced when selectively integrated with other aspects of the therapist’s approach. The psychotherapy interventions used in Integrative Psychotherapy are based on developmental research and theories describing the self-protective defenses used when there are interruptions in normal development.

The aim is to facilitate wholeness such that the quality of the person’s being and functioning in the intra-psychic, interpersonal and socio-political space is maximized with due regard for each individual’s own personal limits and external constraints.