Oana Maria Popescu & Loredana Ileana Viscu

The Integrative Strategic Model in Psychotherapy


We propose the following configuration of the Self:
1. The proto-self, containing experience-expectant neural networks and developing in infancy; 2. The core self, containing a series of mental models or schema; 3. The plastic self maintains internal stability; 4. The external self is the interface with the outside world, reacting in the "here and


We will discuss the first stimuli which shape the child's brain and subsequently the entire psychological life of the individual, as well as the development of internal working models for the emotional, cognitive
and psychodynamic domains.


The integrative strategic model has been used for the past 4 years in treating clients with various pathologies and life problems. This model is useful particularly for "resistant" clients, by accessing the first psychological models they use in interacting with the surrounding world.


Integrative strategic diagnosis proposes the use of a conceptual matrix that helps the clinician assess and treat a client with the aid of an instrument that is both easy to use and offers a clear perspective on the factors involved in the genesis and maintenance of the client's problem.