Discussing feelings a patient has about themselves and other people is a large part of Psychotherapy. A standard Psychotherapy session will involve talking but other methods can be used, such as art and music. It is often those closest to a patient who they will talk about most in a session. This is the reason why some therapists offer sessions to families and groups.
Historically psychotherapy has been taken to mean ‘interpretative’, contrasting with other psychiatric disorder treatment methods, such as behaviour modification.
Integrative Psychotherapy embraces an attitude towards the practice of psychotherapy that affirms the inherent value of each individual. It is a unifying psychotherapy that responds appropriately and effectively to the person at the emotional, behavioural, cognitive, and physiological levels of functioning.
The term ‘integrative’ in Integrative Psychotherapy has a number of meanings. It refers to the process of integrating the personality: taking disowned, unaware, or unresolved aspects of the self and making them part of a cohesive personality, reducing the use of defence mechanisms that inhibit spontaneity and limit flexibility in problem solving, health maintenance, and relating to people, and re-engaging the world with full contact. It is the process of making whole.
Through integration, it becomes possible for people to face each moment openly and freshly without the protection for a pre-formed opinion, position, attitude, or expectation which can often lead to conflict, feeling ‘stuck’, anxiety, depression and loneliness. Through this processing of facing moments openly a client will begin to feel more relaxed and less stressed, leading to a more positive outlook on life.