How Therapists Change:
What motivates therapists towards integration?
Keywords:Psychotherapy integration, therapist development, personal therapeutic approach, motivation, theoretical orientation
Many therapists embrace an integrative perspective in their practice. The aim of this study is to explore what motivates therapists’ development towards integration. To answer this question, 15 integrative therapists’ autobiographic narratives published in Goldfried (2005) were analyzed using grounded theory analytic procedures. The analysis resulted in the description of six motivational categories: Empiricism, Scientific Attitude, Therapeutic Humility, Perceived Inefficacy, Need to Comprehend, and Striving for Congruence. These categories are discussed in relation to previous studies on therapist development and theoretical orientation choice. Generally, the results support the idea that therapists develop their own personal therapeutic approaches which not only reflect recent research findings and demands of the therapeutic situation, but also their own personal needs and desires.