It is a unifying psychotherapy that responds appropriately and effectively to the person at the affective, behavioural, cognitive, and physiological levels of functioning, and addresses as well the spiritual and social dimension of life.
The aim of integrative psychotherapy is integration of personality - integration of unresolved aspects of self.

Integrative psychotherapy also means integration of different approaches to psychotherapy. Each provides a partial explanation of behaviour and is looked at as a valuable hypothesis about human functioning. The integrative psychotherapy is especially based on integration of Transactional Analysis, contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy (object relations, self psychology, the intersubjective approach, relational psychoanalysis), Gestalt and other theories.

Specially important for integrative psychotherapy is developmental research about early child-parent relationship and development of personality. Theory of attachment, Dianiel's Stern theory of development of self, Allan Schore's work on development of brain and other developmental theories are integrated into overall frame of reference.

Integrative psychotherapy is relational, which means that we look upon the therapeutic relationship as co-created. The therapist and client influence each other - it is not one-sided relationship but mutual. Inquiry, Attunement and Involvement are essential methods of integrative psychotherapy. Richard Erskine, Rebecca Trautmann and Janet Moursund from Institute for Integrative PSychotherapy, New York have developed these methods as integration of different relational methods of psychotherapy.

In training programme, knowledge of several psychotherapy schools is provided in order to develop the ability to maintain and tolerate several different views. No school (including this integrative approach) should be seen as the ultimate truth. While in the first years of the training the focus is on specific integration developed by other authors, at the end of the training the focus is on personal integration of the trainee. Within this framework it is recognized that integration is a process to which therapists also need to commit themselves. This means a continuing focus on personal growth as well as commitment to the pursuit of knowledge in the area of psychotherapy and related fields. Integrative psychotherapists should communicate with colleagues of diverse orientations and keep themselves informed about developments in the field. One of the aims of our training programme is development of trainee's own theoretical integration and their own personal style of practicing psychotherapy.

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See also: Diploma in IP / Training Faculty 1
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