Integrative therapy pulls from multiple aspects of life and mental health -- fusing the techniques and perspectives of varying styles of therapy and technique, with an emphasis on general well-being and a focus on supporting people n a more holistic or 'whole' sense.
It means that depending on your situation, cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques might be more helpful. Or, your lifestyle and temperament might be more suited for the deeper, slower techniques of emotion-based therapy. What helps and what doesn't help you is up to you.
I pull primarily from CBT, DBT, Gestalt, psychodynamic (depth/spiritual), and post-modern theories (based in social justice ideals) to support clients.
It means that at times, we'll work on grounding or alternative coping skills. Sometimes, we will examine certain beliefs about yourself or others. And this means our interaction will be dynamic -- there will sometimes be silence, and there will sometimes be a lot of interaction and humor. And yet other times we will be unraveling threads leading to events years ago, or focus on conceptualizing a positive future.
Therapy isn't always a smooth, comfortable place to be. The therapeutic relationship can invite laughter, joy, and an active, fluid dance of information and emotion. It can also be uncomfortable, saddening, and sometimes scary. Facing ourselves in an honest light with a witness (the therapist) can shake us. Coming to revelations and difficult truths, if you can believe it, isn't always fun.
But therapy is meant to help you get through whatever you're going through, by providing you the space and skills to do so, and to hopefully get you over the next hill. And this means work . . .