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Integrative Therapy
A Practitioner's Guide

Second Edition


January 2007 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`The book is comprehensive, and extensively researched and referenced. ….[The] last chapter contains some excellent training resources for trainers of counsellors/psychotherapists. I would therefore endorse it as a useful textbook, especially as there is an excellent in-depth example of an assessment form, and guidance on how this can be used for trainees. These were useful revision points to me as an experienced counsellor' - The Independent Practitioner

`The book would be useful to practitioners who want to start thinking 'outside the box' of a particular orientation. It is also aimed at students and trainers - the last 40 pages in particular are full of practical training exercises. Overall, I would recommend it as a well-reasoned argument for therapy to be rooted in an integrative base' - Therapy Today

`Throughout the book it is assumed that we can learn from each other and that we need to, whatever orientation we were trained in, in the service of the client. I find this pragmatic approach open and refreshing in a period when some of us have polarised around the 'what works best' debate. Both authors are experienced practitioners and trainers and their commitment to integrative counselling and psychotherapy shines through' - AUCC Journal

Integration rather than a single theory has become accepted and widely recommended as a way forward in psychotherapy and counselling. Integrative Therapy, Second Edition, a timely and innovative guide for practitioners, is based on the view that training and practice methods should be evaluated for their usefulness to the client instead of their adherence to a particular model.

Drawing from research on therapy process and outcome, and on human development respectively, the authors highlight striking similarities between the change processes involved in these two areas of study. The findings provide a basis for an adaptable framework for integrative practice.

The authors pinpoint what is common as well as what is different in various approaches, using case illustrations to make comparisons throughout between the three major models: psychodynamic, humanistic-existential and cognitive-behavioural. What emerges is the central importance of the therapeutic relationship in the process of change - 'how to be with clients' as opposed to 'what to do'.

Fully revised and updated, this Second Edition includes new material on neuroscience and practitioner-oriented research methodology showing how the processes of doing research and doing therapy have many things in common.

The book aims to cultivate a spirit of willingness amongst therapists trained in one model to learn from colleagues trained in others. It also features exercises to support its use on courses and will thus be invaluable to trainees of counselling, psychotherapy and counselling psychology.

Maja O'Brien is a chartered counselling psychologist and psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer based in Oxford and a Principal Lecturer on the Doctorate in Psychotherapy by Professional Studies run jointly by the Metanoia Institute and Middlesex University. Gaie Houston is a writer, UKCP-registered psychotherapist and senior lecturer at The Gestalt Centre, London.

 
Does Therapy Work and How?
 
Human Development
 
A Framework for Integrative Therapy Practice
 
Why Are We Here and What Do We Hope to Achieve?
 
Questions of Time and Space: When and Where?
 
Tools of the Trade
 
Therapeutic Relationship
 
Therapist Training

`Throughout the book it is assumed that we can learn from each other and that we need to, whatever orientation we were trained in, in the service of the client. I find this pragmatic approach open and refreshing in a period when some of us have polarised around the 'what works best' debate. Both authors are experienced practitioners and trainers and their commitment to integrative counselling and psychotherapy shines through' - AUCC Journal


This book gives students a good overview of therapy and research. The writers aim to bring clarity for the student, be corrective in a fragmented field, by uniting therapeutic theory and practice.

It is an accessible book, exploring therapy in context with clear explanations of how different approaches define different goals. Chapter 5 gives a clear comparison between the three major approaches. Chapters 6, 7 and 8 outline stages and tools of therapy and explore the therapeutic alliance. Chapter nine provides certain guidelines for trainers of therapists whilst chapter 4 integrates what we have learnt as practitioners with research findings.

Chapter three places therapy in context of what we know about human development, especially from the field of neuroscience and other disciplines, where research provides evidence of the benefits of therapy. Chapter 2 gives the reader research evidence of how therapy works. Chapter 1 gives an overview of the book and warns against the dangers of clinging to one therapeutic approach and ignoring others.

I feel this will provide students with food for thought and help them to establish the benefits of research and continuing professional development in a field that is evolving rapidly.

Mrs Halina Pytlasinska
Psychology, Abingdon And Witney College
April 19, 2017

The book is an excellent source for students on our Advanced Diploma in Integrative therapy.

Dr MARIA LUCA
SCHOOL OF PSYCHOTHERAPY & PSYCHOLOGY, REGENTS UNIVERSITY
October 23, 2013

The book is presented in a user-friendly format. The content provides the reader adequate knowledge on Integrative Therapy

Dr Oby Osuchukwu
Counselling Department, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
March 17, 2011

A very good overview of the nature of therapy and the therapist's task. I didn't feel as though the book grappled with its own title enough. That is, I would like to have seen much more explicit discussion of integration both at a philosophical and practical level. The practical exercises in the latter part of the book were excellent and a really important contribution.

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

This book provides very much the appropriate level of theoretical rigour and practical guidance for the Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling which I teach. It should prove very useful.

Mr Gerald Willmore
Health and Social Care, Bromley College of FE & HE
June 22, 2010

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