Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy
Humanistic and integrative psychotherapy emphasises that persons are self-regulating, self-actualising and self-transcendent beings, who are responsible for themselves. While recognising the tragic dimensions of human existence, it emphasises the ability of persons to grow and change and realise their true nature more fully. Its focus is on individuals seeking fuller integration of body, feelings, intellect, psyche and spirit, and of their relations to other people and to the wider society. Based on a phenomenological view of reality, the emphasis is on experience and the therapeutic relationship is seen as a meaningful contact between equals.
Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy acknowledges the validity of a variety of approaches to the individual. While accepting the contribution of many approaches, it is concerned with discovering and working with the essential elements of the functioning individual as these are understood and made sense of in a humanistic perspective. It is open to the exploration of the inter-relationship and inter-connection of theory and method in two or more approaches and may employ these as is judged appropriate, or it may attempt to integrate these as one organised and coherent approach.