Integrative counselling works on the principal that human thoughts and emotions can be explored and understood through a variety of modalities/systems of perspective such as humanistic therapies, psychoanalytical and psychodynamic therapies and cognitive and behavioural therapies.
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.
Integration of approaches
Integrative therapy is based there being a variety of techniques to assist with understanding and exploring human functioning. This particular form of therapy can be carried out with a variety of therapeutic modes including humanistic therapies, psychoanalytical and psychodynamic therapies and cognitive and behavioural therapies. These various approaches offer insight into human behaviour and a distinct understanding of major factors which will result in changes to behaviour and functioning such as cognition and emotions. One therapeutic approach might be reinforced throgh selectively combining elements of another. In integrative therapy, for example, a therapist working with an individual suffering behavioural problems may initially address adjustments to behavioural functioning and reducing symptoms through application of cognitive behavioural techniques. This aims to assist their client with gaining some control over their behaviour before moving to a psychoanalytic stage of therapy in order to assist their client with gaining insight into their behaviours, emotions and thoughts.