This refers to an approach where aspects from different theories of psychotherapy are used.
There are numerous different theories of psychotherapy including psychoanalysis developed by Sigmund Freud, transactional analysis, gestalt therapy, family therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy to name but a few.
Integrative psychotherapists draw on a number of different approaches when working with clients.
Integrative psychotherapists are therefore able to tailor their approach to the client’s needs. They do this in a variety of different ways, either through drawing on the theoretical basis of the different theories or through being guided by evidence based practice on which techniques have worked best for others in the past.
Integrative psychotherapists also consider the core ingredient in common with the different therapies, working on the principle that these are the key factors that make psychotherapy successful.
Others will have a firm grounding in one particular theory and therapeutic approach which forms the foundation for their work and then include ideas and strategies from other theories into their practice.