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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

"Scholarly, dynamic, thought provoking. The multidimensional framework provided by Lapworth and Sills continue to engages successfully with the paradox of integrative work: a highly personal approach to therapy, resting on the integrity and judgement of the individual practitioner - and, at the same time, the way of working most likely to enable us to remain true to our values and ethics whilst managing the huge collective political and regulatory challenges our field faces in the years ahead." - Professor Andrew Samuels, University of Essex

Essential book for the year 1 students

Mr Gary Aldridge
Psychology, West Herts College
November 17, 2023

A useful companion book for all integrative trainee counsellors. It offers a concise overview of the historical trajectory of integration including some recent developments. The authors managed to present the complexity of the overarching frameworks for integration in an accessible way, presenting a contemporary, flexible framework which is adaptable to any personal style. Strategies for integration are discussed and the reparative aspect of the therapeutic relationship is highlighted. New counsellors will find the verbatim vignettes inspiring whilst the more experienced practitioner will encounter questions that will promote introspective reflection.

Mrs Ana Paula Wellbrook
Counselling and Psychology, City Lit
July 16, 2023

An excellent no nonsense clear guide for students to really understand integration. I'm going to direct my students to this as it is well laid out, follows a logical path and is very readable.

Ms Kate Fronda
Counselling, Community Counsellor Training
August 17, 2016

An essential core text for Integrative counselling theory and practice especially L4 L5 courses

Mr John McCormack
Clapham Centre, Lambeth College
July 9, 2015

Clarifies what is meant by integrative counselling, a great book for students

Ms Deborah Flynn-Harland
Humanities , Worthing Sixth Form College
July 9, 2015

Very useful resource for practitioners who want to develop their understanding about integration of theoretical models in counselling and psychotherapy.

Mr Faisal Mahmood
Department of Psychology, Newman University
August 3, 2015

The first edition was foundational in my own personal integrative development. I'm sure this edition will be just as helpful to trainees.

Mrs Izzy Poyntz
Department of Psychology, Roehampton University
October 24, 2014

A scholarly text with interesting and useful ideas for students studying personal integration.

October 23, 2013

This is a well written book, which offers its reader excellent insight into integration and the processes involved. It is easily accessed, but still in-depth enough to give a real sense of this difficult topic. The authors have provided good case study material, which challenges and wrestles with the problems associated with integration. A must for all practitioners and students!

Mr Chris Wohlers
Faculty of Health, University of Central Lancashire
September 16, 2013

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).

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

Chapter Two