The word “integrative” comes from the Latin word ”integer” which means to make whole, to complete. In integrative psychotherapy to integrate means to include or assimilate new elements into something. Thus, integrative psychotherapy is a unified and coherent psychotherapeutic approach. It aims to help patients find healing and appropriate solutions to the problems of their life.
Integrative psychotherapy works on the body and mind levels with respect to each person’s uniqueness and complexity. The body, mind and spirit are interconnected to form a whole. Integrative psychotherapy addresses this unity both from the inside and the outside, in the appropriate socio-cultural, political and economical contexts.
The European Association of Integrative Psychotherapy (EAIP) defines as “Integrative” “any methodology and Integrative orientation in psychotherapy which exemplifies, or is developing towards, a conceptually coherent, principled, theoretical combination of two or more specific approaches, and/or represents a model of integration in its own right.” (fragment from euroaip.eu)