How Integrative Psychotherapy Builds The Personality

Integrative psychotherapy is that branch of the science which is aimed at bringing the personality of the patient into line with mainstream society, allowing them to function effectively in whichever role in society they may be asked to play. This form of psychotherapy can be used in isolation, or in conjunction with other therapies, depending on the exact nature of the difficulty which the patient is experiencing. The most effective therapists are those who are able to make an accurate diagnosis at the start of treatment, and use the right method based on that.

The first point to realize about this type of therapy is that it is not regressive in nature, which means that no attempt is made to take the patient back in time to relive a past incident which may be causing difficulties. This therapy is aimed purely at the integration of the patient into the present. This may be difficult to achieve if there are buried incidents from the past which are severely affecting the behavior of the patient, and in these cases a combination therapy may be the best way to get a positive result in the long term. When the patient has a cleared mind, the therapy can work more effectively.

This type of therapy is practiced in the traditional setting, with the patient sitting across the room from the practitioner. There are rarely cases now where the patient assumes a horizontal position, although this could be used to achieve relaxation in, for example, someone who has back pain. The patient will be asked to engage in dialog with the practitioner, and it is vital that this process is allowed to evolve gently. Any pressure put on the patient could lead to them mentally rejecting the practitioner as being someone who can help them get the best from their own mind.

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There are practitioners who specialize exclusively in integrative psychotherapy, but these are rare. Usually, the practitioner will use a combination of therapies, making the choice of which to use after carrying out an initial consultation. The education and training system which operates in this industry helps this to happen, by including many different therapies in the courses which you need to take to become licensed. The licensing requirements are not uniform and standardized throughout the developed world, but there is usually a requirement for an accredited examination to be passed before a license can be issued.

The training itself can take place through the traditional college system, as part of the mental health courses which have been distributed throughout the system, or through independent learning centers. If you choose top use the established college system, you will have a qualification which can give you a high level of prestige, and which may be able to get you into influential positions in the future. If you are of standard college age, you may find that a residential course will be right for you, as it will give you the chance to carry out practical demonstrations with practice patients.


You can also study integrative psychotherapy at independent colleges or learning centers, and these programs will have been designed with the needs of the modern student very much in mind. Most of the initial learning can be carried out online, giving you the chance to maintain your existing career and family life while you are studying. When you have completed the theory work, there will be some practical demonstrations which will happen in local learning centers. Once the entire course as been completed, you will then be ready to become licensed, and to practice integrative psychotherapy.

Author: Marc Knox