How Psychotherapy Can Help Me
Within the Humanistic and Integrative approach, some commonly held assumptions about the human person are as follows:
- The individual is seen as a whole person living out their present level of integration through their body, feelings, mind & psyche.
- People have responsibility for their lives and for the choices they make. People are responsible not only for their actions but for their failure to act.
- Humanistic and Integrative psychotherapy is based on a phenomenological view of reality. Its emphasis is on experience. Therapist within this perspective frequently engage active techniques to encourage the deepening of the therapeutic process. There is a movement away from the goal of understanding events towards the active exploration of experience.
- The nature of the person is seen as dynamic. The person is seen as unfolding in different stages. There is always a thrust towards wholeness and life, but sometimes along the way, at any one stage, an overwhelming failure or frustration can be experienced as anxiety, depression or even a vague sense of an unlived life. These experiences can impede the emergence of later stages or result in an uneven integration as the person develops.