Peter Mabbutt FBSCH FNCIP
Head of Academics
President of the BSCH
As therapists we are often looking to broaden our skills and knowledge in order to take our practice to the next level. This often means stepping out of the therapeutic discipline we have been trained in and learning and incorporating something very different into our therapy toolkit. Integrative psychotherapy is a holistic approach that combines different therapeutic models to create a customized treatment plan that best fits each individual client's needs. This is becoming a staple approach for many therapists and many clients actively seek this individualised approach to resolving their issues. In my practice my prime discipline is unsurprisingly hypnotherapy in all is forms. However, I also have training in EMDR and Ego State Therapy, to name just two of the other approaches available to me. As I think of the concept and value of integrative psychotherapy it is wonderfully obvious to me how these very different approaches complement each other and can be used in tandem with my clients where appropriate.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a therapeutic model that helps clients process traumatic memories and emotions by using eye movements, tapping, or other bilateral stimulation techniques. EMDR is often used to treat PTSD, anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders. Ego State Therapy, on the other hand, focuses on identifying and addressing different parts or "states" of a person's personality that may be in conflict with each other. Ego State Therapy aims to create harmony, balance, and communication among these parts, leading to better mental health and well-being.
Integrating EMDR and Ego State Therapy can be particularly effective in treating clients who have experienced trauma. Trauma can cause a person's ego states to become fragmented, leading to feelings of dissociation, anxiety, and depression. By using EMDR to process traumatic memories and Ego State Therapy to address conflicting ego states, therapists can help clients create a more cohesive sense of self and improve their mental health. And yes, you can do EMDR on a specific ego state if needed. By bringing hypnotherapy into the mix I can create a wonderful sense of stabilisation prior to the trauma work, use it as a psychodynamic tool as part of the processing, and create a positive path that maintains the change the trauma work has created.
Integrative psychotherapy can also be helpful for clients who have been in therapy for a long time without seeing significant progress. By combining different therapeutic models, therapists can address multiple aspects of a client's mental health and create a treatment plan that is tailored to their unique needs. Integrative psychotherapy also allows therapists to be flexible and adapt their approach as a client's needs change over time.
Another benefit is that integrative approaches can be more engaging and empowering for clients. By involving clients in the treatment planning process and giving them a range of therapeutic options, clients may feel more invested in their own healing and take an active role in their own mental health. Integrative psychotherapy also allows therapists to draw from a wide range of therapeutic models and techniques, making each session more dynamic and interesting for both the therapist and the client.
What I am trying to say is that integrative psychotherapy offers a valuable approach to mental health treatment that can benefit both therapists and clients. By combining different therapeutic models, therapists can create customised treatment plans that address the unique needs of each individual client. From the perspectives of EMDR, Ego State Therapy, and your own primary discipline, integrative psychotherapy can be particularly effective in treating clients with a wide spectrum of issues, improving their mental health and well-being. So, if you're a therapist looking to broaden your skills and knowledge in psychotherapy, consider exploring the value of integrative psychotherapy and see how it can enhance your practice.
If you're interested in learning more about integrative psychotherapy and how to incorporate EMDR and Ego State Therapy into your practice, you'll be pleased to know that the LSCCH-LCCH Asia Group is an advocate of this approach. We offer a range of training programs that including courses in both EMDR and Ego State Therapy. Whether you're just starting out in your career or you're a seasoned professional, the LSCCH-LCCH Asia Group can help you take your practice to the next level.