Are you the type of person who always wants to try everything? Or struggles to decide? Well when it comes to what type of talk therapy to choose, you might not have to.
Integrative therapy means that the therapist you work with has trained in several different therapeutic approaches, instead of just one.
Let’s look at what integrative therapy can offer you.
1. You can try different types of therapy you are interested in at the same time.
Nowadays there are so many types of therapy available it would be impossible for one therapist to be an expert in all of them. But an integrative therapist will have a grounding in the main schools of therapeutic thought. And if you know which therapies intrigue you most, you can search for a therapist that offers as many of them as possible.
2. You get a bespoke treatment that matches your personal issues.
Integrative therapy recognises that you are a unique individual. Instead of trying to make you fit a theory? Theories or tools are mixed to fit to you.
3. If something doesn’t seem to be working for you, you can stop and try something else.
An integrative therapist will offer you a wide range of therapeutic tools. If something isn’t working for you and your particular issues, an integrative therapist will simply find another way of approaching things that will. So no need to switch therapists!
4. You still get structure, you just have more options.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that integrative therapy is experimental or ad hoc. Yes, your therapist will use different therapeutic approaches with you. But they will carefully put them together then apply them in a structured way.
5. You start to feel more integrated yourself.
The goal of integrative therapy isn’t just to unite different sorts of therapy to help you. It’s to unite the different parts of who are so you can help yourself. Where some sorts of therapy focus on just certain parts of you -- your thoughts and feelings, past and behaviours -- integrative therapy creates a wide perspective. This can include things like your physical wellbeing and spirituality.
What issues can integrative therapy help you with?
Working with an integrative therapist can help with things like: