Integrative counselling and psychotherapy is a term used to describe the bringing together of ideas from different schools of psychotherapy or counselling. One of the characteristics of being integrative is looking at ideas in new ways and through different lenses.

The emphasis in integrative counselling and psychotherapy is on a dynamic process rather than a finished product, open to change and constantly reflecting on what is the best way to be with and respond to clients, with changing needs.

Research has shown that it is the therapeutic relationship rather than diagnosis or technique, which promotes beneficial effects of counselling or psychotherapy. The therapeutic relationship is a central feature common to all forms of therapy.

Ref: Integrative and Eclectic Counselling and Psychotherapy – edited by Stephen Plamer and Ray Woolfe. Sage Publications 2000.