Integration involves drawing the best from different psychotherapeutic approaches and blending them based on certain core principles. These core principles are that the client-therapist relationship is an essential aspect of healing and that our development as children affects how we are now. If aspects of us are not supported as children, they do not fully develop and cannot integrate seamlessly into our personality.
The Integrative training programme devised by the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute is a developmental-relational approach intergrating Object Relations, Psychoanalytic Self-Psychology and aspects of Humanistic Psychology. Further integration of Developmental Psychology is made via the work of John Bowlby, Margaret Mahler, Daniel Stern and others.
The effectiveness of this kind of Integrative Psychotherapy is based on the ability of the psychotherapist to make an informed relationship with the client and to use his/her understanding of the difficulties in the relationship (including conscious and unconscious aspects, emotional and intellectual understanding) to address the client's difficulties.
The psychotherapist has to use both his/her theoretical and personal skills in this engagement and be sensitively aware of their own contribution to the relationship. This responsibility requires a high degree of self-awareness, honesty, receptivity, professional acceptance and ethical endeavour on the part of the therapist.
Further to my core training, I have attended numerous trainings that I consider to enhance my effectiveness as a therapist. Some of the trainings aren't considered by some to be a natural fit to my core approach, however, I find I am always able to use the learning to critique my practice and there is always something useful that I can use and offer where helpful. I have attended numerous certificated trainings in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Brief Counselling, Interpersonal therapy.