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Integration in Counselling & Psychotherapy

Integration in Counselling & Psychotherapy
Developing a Personal Approach

Second Edition

January 2010 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Now in its Second Edition, this book is established reading for any practitioner or trainee wishing to develop their own personal style of working. As well as examining contemporary integrative approaches, the authors show how to develop an individual approach to integrating theories and methods from a range of psychotherapies.

Offering clear strategies for integration rather than a new therapeutic model, this practical new edition:

  • Puts added emphasis on the integrative framework, and procedural strategies, extending discussion of the individual practitioner as integrator
  • Is accessible for the new trainee, while posing questions for discussion and reflection for the more experienced practitioner
  • Integrates recent thinking and research in psychotherapy, human development and neuroscience
  • Discusses how developments in relational approaches impact on integration in practice
  • Addresses integration within humanistic, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and existential approaches

This book should be on the desk of every trainee studying integrative counseling and psychotherapy, as well as on the shelves of practitioners wanting to develop their own personal frameworks for therapy.

A Brief History of Integration and Some Recent Developments
Generic Elements of Counselling and Psychotherapy
How to Integrate
Developing a Theory of Human Beings
Developing an Integrative Framework
An Integrative Framework in Practice
The Therapeutic Relationship
Multimodal Therapy
The Comparative Script System
The Seven-Level Model

The book provides a good general discussion of psychotherapy integration. For me though, it narrows the discussion too quickly onto an examination of a particular approach to integration.

Dr Denis O'Hara
Tayside Institute for Health Studies, University of Abertay, Dundee
March 10, 2011

An easily accessible text providing a range of approaches to integration placed within a historical context. A useful textbook for students on courses that explore a range of counselling aproaches alongside a core theoretical model and may assist in shaping students thinking about integration in their own practice. An enjoyable read overall.

Mr John Dixon
Counselor Education , Cleveland & Redcar College
September 14, 2010

As our course is integrative trhis text is sound reading for students, taking them further into the integrative counselling world.

Mr Quentin Stimpson
Dept of Psychology & Counselling, Greenwich University
September 14, 2010

Good coverage of approaches, and issues, around integration in counselling. Helpful for students in building their own integrative approach.

Mr Quentin Stimpson
Dept of Psychology & Counselling, Greenwich University
September 14, 2010

At once both personal & informative, pluralisitc and accessible. A delight.

Mr Richard Davis
School of Nursing and Caring Sciences, Central Lancashire University
July 6, 2010

Highly recommended for counselling trainees and those practitioners interested in integrating approaches into a coherent framework.

Ms Raje Suzanne Airey
Counselor Education , Colchester Institute
May 13, 2010

One of the features I enjoyed most about this book is how it is suitable and provocative for both experienced and beginning therapists. I guess the topic of integration is rather fluid yet structured simultaneously and will be interpreted differently from practitioner, research and theoretical perspectives. Thus lending itself to many hours of thoughtful and insightful reading.

Ms Barbara Hannigan
School of Psychology, University of Dublin, Trinity College Dublin
February 9, 2010

This book gives an excellent overall view of the personal approach to integration in counselling work

Ms Jackie Pounder
Counselor Education , New College Durham
February 9, 2010

New to the 2nd edition:

  • Acknowledges developments in the filed since the turn of the millenium
  • Integrates recent thinking and research in psychotherapy, human development and neuroscience
  • New chapters include 'Building the Integrative Framework' and 'Use of the Integrative Framework'
  • Chapter 7 has been expanded to include ideas from a 'relational' perspective to bring in the way recent developments in psychotherapy could impact on integration Further discussion has been included to link the process of integration into core theories (i.e. humanistic, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural and existential approaches).

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Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

Chapter Two