Integration of Humanistic Approaches in a Therapeutic Model of Counselling

‘More recently there appears to be a general movement towards each other by a number of therapeutic approaches and a willingness to integrate aspects of each other’s philosophy and way of working.’ (Faris & van Ooijen 2012:2).
Explain what is meant by contemporary humanistic approaches (p45) in relation to the ‘Relational Integrative Model’ (Faris & van Ooijen 2012) and the philosophical ideas that underpin these ways of working. Critically evaluate what makes integration possible, with specific reference to the transtheoretical concepts. Please use examples from your own personal experience to illustrate how you might integrate humanistic ideas into your practice.

The RIM aims to present an integrated method of working by drawing on three different psychotherapeutic approaches which differ significantly but also share commonalities or ‘concepts’. The three approaches are humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural. The RIM offers a transtheoretical approach by holding an umbrella as a theoretical framework under which connecting similarities within the different theories can be used harmoniously and concurrently; representing a partial integration of theories, whilst recognising their differences.
The underlying philosophical approach used in the RIM is a post modern one because it recognises that truth is provisional and the model is constructed to recognise that the relationship is the tool that can initiate change.   Within the relationship both the client and therapist are intersubjective and interdependent because it ackowledges   the relationship and mutual influences we may have on each other.   The focus is much more on what happens between people, rather than what takes place within them (McLeod, 2003)p.284). The post modern view challenges the belief of objectivity which modernist philosophy was based on and suggests instead that experience is subjective and truth is temporary, making objectivity inexact. The Rim is social constuctionism...