Psychotherapy Process in the Integrative Model of Human Development
The central aim of Psychotherapy Process in the Integrative Model of human development is to establish a therapeutic relationship which will lead to a corrective emotional relationship through understanding the internal and external barriers that people create to the formation of successful relationship; understanding how these barriers relate to the problems the person experiences; engaging the person in a therapeutic relationship, which provides the opportunity and therapeutic space for engaging with these relationship problems; to facilitate integration such that the quality of the person's being and functioning in the intrapsychic, interpersonal and socio-political space is maximised with due regard for each individual's own personal limits and external constraints.
The psychotherapists use both their theoretical and personal skills in this engagement and are sensitively aware of their own contribution to the relationship. The gradual internalisation of a new client/therapist system transforms the early intrapsychic structure.
The role of the therapist is to create a context of safety by ensuring and taking care of the boundaries and external circumstances. A therapeutic space is then to tune in carefully to all of the client’s experience, especially to the client’s ongoing and cumulative experience of the therapy.
The therapist aims to be effectively attuned, stay present and use their countertransference responses creatively. Validation of the client's experience and self disclose (if in the interest of the client) in the process allows past patterns of relating to be revealed in the here and now of the therapeutic contact.
The therapeutic relationship begins with talking about issues. The client feels the self being affirmed the process changes from an introspective and analytic one, to one that is interpersonal and direct.
The dynamics relating to transference/countertransference and projective identification come into play. As this happens aspects of the unremembered past, often those aspects that are not readily accessible to language, become enacted in the relationship. It is through engagement in this process with a client that the therapist uses their countertransference reactions to make sense of early relational confusion.
The psychotherapist makes an informed relationship with the client and uses his/her understanding of the difficulties in the relationship to address the client's difficulties. It is the therapist's responsibility to manage the self and other in this process with a high degree of self-awareness, honesty, receptivity, professional acceptance and ethical endeavour on the part of the therapist.
Indications: treatment of a wide range of emotional issues rising out of bereavement, relationship problems or marriage difficulty, eating disorders, addiction, anxiety and anger.
Important evidence based therapies in this area include:
Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy (conversational model) and
Cognitive Analytic Therapy.
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