This is an accessible and user friendly guide to the theory and practice of relational counseling and psychotherapy. It offers a meta-theoretical framework for the integration of the three most popular counseling and psychotherapy modalities: humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral including mindfulness and compassion based approaches.

This exciting new text: outlines the history of integration in the field of psychotherapy and counseling; clarifies the nature of psychotherapeutic integration; defines different models of integration; provides a clear and rich discussion of what it means to work relationally; outlines a coherent and flexible framework for practice, in terms of theory as well as technique; demonstrates how this framework can be successfully utilized both in brief and long term therapy for a wide range of client issues and problems; provides a detailed guide to working with the Relational-Integrative Model (RIM) for a range of professional issues, including ethics, research, supervision, therapist self-care and personal development

Brimming with vivid case examples, mind-maps and therapeutic dialogue, this invaluable book will help develop the theoretical knowledge and skills base of students, trainers and practitioners alike.

Models of Integration

Models of integration

After a brief historical perspective, we first compare a number of different approaches to integration before discussing the ‘approach, method and technique’ framework. Next we define our own stance on integration and discuss current methods of training.

Brief Historical Perspective on Integration

When we have a problem or are feeling unhappy, some of us like to talk with a person who is not a friend or part of our family. In the past that was often someone respected in the community: a wise woman, a doctor or a spiritual leader such as a priest or shaman. These days that individual is often a counsellor or psychotherapist. It was not until the beginning of the last century, however, that therapy became a profession ...

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