What is Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapy ?
Humanistic integrative psychotherapy works from the premise that we are all fundamentally responsible for ourselves – self-determining – and that, whilst acknowledging the tragic aspects of life, it there is still hope for individuals to find meaning, purpose and fulfilment within it.
Humanistic therapy evolved in the 1950s as an alternative to behavioural or psychoanalytical psychology, which is why it is sometimes called the ‘third force’. Carl Rogers, Fritz Perls and Abraham Maslow all influenced its development. The therapy aims to encourage people to take responsibility for their own actions and thoughts. It focuses on self-development, creativity, choice and realising your full potential. I It is called ‘integrative’ because it utilises numerous therapeutic approaches to encourage an individual’s personal development and relationships to others and to wider society.
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This form of therapy can be useful for people who are in crisis, for those who are seeking for control over their lives or searching for meaning in life as well. It can also be helpful with self-esteem issues, eating disorders, addictions, assertiveness and bereavement.
The relationship with the therapist is very important and seen as a vital part of making positive changes. You will work closely together using a variety of therapeutic approaches, which may include gestalt, person-centred, transactional and transpersonal therapies in order to release the ‘blocks’ that are preventing you from achieving real personal growth and fulfilment.
For more information, see the UK Association for Humanistic Psychology Practitioners.