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  • Writer's pictureAbi Graves

What is integrative psychotherapy?

There are many different types of psychotherapy and it can be quite overwhelming if you’re trying to find a therapist! So let me explain what integrative psychotherapy means to me…

As an integrative psychotherapist, the word integrative has two meanings, firstly that I draw upon several modalities of therapy and have integrated theories into my practice which fit with a central belief that humans are relational beings, whose deepest pain is caused by unmet needs within relationships (in particular our early ones) and that healing ultimately comes from the experience of a relationship where those needs can be met and the individual can heal from their impact. There is benefit in being able to draw from numerous theories/modalities rather than being confined to one, as this means I can adapt to what suits the client in front of me best. It also means I am committed to continually learning and integrating new theories as they emerge and as our collective understanding develops. Hopefully meaning I won’t ever become stagnant in my ways!

Secondly, integration refers to the aim of this form of psychotherapy - to integrate all ‘parts’ of self. So our mental, physical, emotional and spiritual parts are all in communication and together forming our complete selves. Parts of self can be denied or split off when we experience trauma. My aim as a therapist is to support you to integrate those split off parts, leading to a sense of being a whole individual, able to lead a more free and dynamic life.

Perhaps this all sounds a bit daunting and confusing! Well, the first benefit that clients tend to gain is the consistency and safety of a space each week to talk about literally anything they want to or need to, with an individual who won’t judge them, try to fix them or their issue, or bring in their own ‘baggage’. This in itself is usually incredibly valuable.


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