Vulnerability, Authenticity, and Inter-subjective Contact: Philosophical Principles of Integrative Psychotherapy

Richard G. Erskine


The Philosophical principles of a relationally focused Integrative Psychotherapy are described through the concepts of vulnerability, authenticity, and inter-subjective contact.  Eight principles or therapist attitudes are outlined with clinical examples that illustrate the philosophy. These philosophical principles provide the foundation for a theory of methods.  This article is based on a keynote address given at the 6th International Integrative Psychotherapy Association Conference, Grantham, UK, July 11-14, 2013.


philosophy of psychotherapy; integrative psychotherapy; inter-subjective contact; vulnerability; authenticity; interpersonal contact; relationship; interdependent; physis; psychopathology; relational-disruptions; relational psychotherapy

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