What is AIT?
Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT) was developed in the US by Asha Clinton, a Jungian Psychoanalyst and Energy Psychotherapist. AIT is an integrative therapeutic method, because it synthesises various psychotherapeutic modalities e.g. psychodynamic (understanding the unconscious process where our past experiences of early and significant relationships influence how we experience ourselves and others now), cognitive-behavioural (effecting healing by understanding and changing our beliefs and behaviours), Jungian or transpersonal (integrating symbolic and spiritual realm to experience our wholeness) and Energy Psychology.
How does AIT work?
Energy psychotherapy modalities differ from other talking therapies in addressing and engaging the energetic foundation of our being, the self-healing and self-organising intelligence within us. Psychological issues are identified and treated not only through talking and gaining understanding about them, but also by accessing unconscious material through muscle testing, which tests the validity of the sentence said by measuring the physical feedback of muscle response as being strong or weak. This use of the body’s signal about the unconscious mind and the energy system guides the focus and pace of the treatment.
In AIT, the negative and traumatic charge of the problem is released as the client places their hands on relevant energetic memory centres, which corresponds to chakras or major neural bundles in the body, while saying aloud the specific issues and the connection between them. By releasing the deeply held energetic charge that stem from negative past events and relational impacts, healing can resume. The negative behavioural and relational patterns that have been repeating the original wounding can then cease.
What happens in an AIT session?
AIT therapists are trained to facilitate the treatment at the attuned pace and depth, so that working on the issues doesn’t trigger re-traumatisation. In addition to discussion on the issues, they follow various protocols written by Asha (process and menu of treatment in reproducible steps) to effectively and thoroughly identify and energetically treat the wounding pattern or events. e.g. attachment wounds, abandonment, lack of boundaries. somatization (i.e. the body expressing psychological conflicts). In this process, over time, clients acquire the mindful awareness and acceptance of their feelings and of bodily sensations, as well as their increased capacity to self-heal and self-care. AIT also involves meditation and instillation of positive values and goals that replace the previous negative beliefs and patterns.
Who are AIT therapists?
AIT practitioners are qualified psychotherapists, psychologists or psychiatrists and they integrate the AIT method into their own areas of expertise and therapeutic modalities. Details of the AIT therapists will be added to this site shortly.
If you are a qualified AIT therapist and would like to be added to the directory please email us at:
Advanced Integrative Therapy Institute: https://ait.institute/
Efficacy of AIT compared to EMDR (new article by Jill and Michelle)
Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology: https://www.energypsych.org/