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Integrative Psychotherapy

“The common factors approach seeks to determine the core ingredients that different therapies share, with the eventual goal of creating more parsimonious and efficacious treatments based on their commonalities. This search is predicated on the belief that commonalities are more important in accounting for therapy outcome than the unique factors that differentiate among them”.

John Norcross

Many therapists don’t tie themselves to any one approach. Instead, they blend elements from different approaches and tailor their treatment according to each client’s needs. Integrative therapy combines ideas and techniques from different therapeutic schools of thought depending on the unique needs of a given client. Integrative Psychotherapy considers many views of human functioning. Psychodynamic, client-centred, behaviourist, cognitive, family therapy, Gestalt therapy, body-psychotherapies, object relations theories, psychoanalytic self-psychology, and transactional analysis approaches all provide a partial explanation of behaviour, and each is enhanced when selectively integrated with other aspects of the therapist’s approach.

The aim of an integrative psychotherapy is to facilitate wholeness with regard to the client’s own personal limits and external constraints. It can help with issues such as depression, bereavement, anxiety, fear, stress and trauma.