An integrative therapist is trained in several different types of counselling and psychotherapy, including psychoanalytical, humanist, and cognitive behavioural therapies, as well as mindfulness techniques.
With this breadth of knowledge, integrative therapists can offer a variety of theories and tools, depending on what suits you best.
Integrative therapy is also about integrating you as a person. Your therapist will look carefully at how the different parts of you work together – including how your thoughts, emotions, behaviours, physical health and spiritual health currently combine or clash.
The aim is not to ‘change’ you, but to help you find a balance within yourself so you can become the best version of who you already are.
Integrative therapy can be helpful for the following issues:
The benefits of this therapeutic approach include:
– understanding what challenges you in life – recognising what triggers you into unhelpful behaviors – incorporating new behaviours that improve your life and relationships – moving beyond the limitations you thought you had – feeling more balance within yourself and in your life as a whole – setting (and achieving) goals that you feel good about – reaching your full potential of mind, body, and spirit – approaching life in a more open and available way
Your integrative therapist will take a very thorough assessment and make sure they know you and your issues well before deciding on the best way forward. Your therapist will utilise a variety of theories and tools, guiding you with their extensive awareness and knowledge of how the different schools of thought work together.