The Multidimensional Integrative Framework

3 Nov 2010 |  for counsellors | by Bill, writer at UK & Ireland Counsellor Directory

In their text Integration in Counselling and Psychotherapy Lapworth and Sills (2010) attempt to show how an integrative framework can grow out of a therapistís defined philosophy and beliefs about human experience.

Lapworth & Sills follow Elton Wilson (1999) in extending Menningerís (1958) Triangle of Insight (Back then, Out there, In here) with a fourth, future dimension (In view), to accommodate solution-focussed approaches where the approach may be future-oriented.

With that framework, the relationship, and the context are considered vital, in the sense that we are defined, and define ourselves in relationship to others, and that context (environmental, social, racial, and cultural) is crucial in shaping our identity and as the frame in which therapy, and the personís life, takes place.

At the centre of the framework diagram is the notion of self, with the needs of self which, through therapy the practitioner is aiming to help the client to satisfy. The five sides of the centre element then represent the five ways in which self-needs may be expressed and satisfied (behavioural, physiological, affective, spiritual and cognitive).

The framework can provide a guiding map which can help to develop an overview that ensures that these interrelated aspects are addressed in therapeutic work.


Lapworth, P & Sills, C (2010). Integration in Counselling and Psychotherapy, 2nd Edition. London: Sage.

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