Integral Therapy

Integral therapy is a blended therapeutic approach that draws from several other methods and theories, including pharmacological, psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, existential, feminist, multicultural, somatic, and transpersonal. It was first developed by Ken Wilber and is founded on the idea that all insights on life contain partial truths and that weaving together a range of cultural, psychological, socioeconomic, biological, spiritual, and behavioral perspectives can often provide the best treatment. Integral therapy has much in common with holistic therapy and has a focus on increased mindfulness. It can be broadly applied to a number of issues, including trauma and relationship problems. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s integral therapy specialists today.

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I received my Master's degree from the California Institute of Integral Studies, with a concentration in Integral Counseling Psychology. Integral therapy begins with the assumption that all people are capable of change, and that wholeness is our natural state of being. Within this frame, the process of therapy includes reestablishing a sense of connection to ourselves, to others, and to the world around us.

— Lucius Wheeler, Licensed Professional Counselor in Ashland, OR

Integral Psychotherapy involves the application of Ken Wilber’s AQAL model in the world of psychotherapy. The result is a meta-orientation – a way to connect the central ideas and interventions of the world’s major approaches to psychotherapy. The goal of Integral Psychotherapy is to help us move beyond the limits of postmodern thinking into a truly comprehensive, holistic understanding of mental health and well-being.

— Todd Schmenk, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Providence, RI

My approach is unique to each person yet with a similar thread: that is, to ultimately help to unveil the wisdom that is already within you. I work with individuals, couples and groups within a framework of Transpersonal, Psychodynamic, Family Systems, Humanistic-Existential, Body-Oriented, and Expressive Art approaches to psychotherapy.

— Amelia Hall, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA

Integral means to view from a holistic point of view. We are all biological, social, cultural, subjective, and spiritual creatures. When viewed from a holistic standpoint, a person gains greater agency and less blame. There are things that happen to us that occur from sociocultural and familial trauma, and there are things that happen within us in response to that event. That is where we have the agency to act and change. Meditation, breathwork, dreamwork, and psychedelic integration.

— Michael Ebbinghaus II, Associate Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

I studied integral theory for over a decade and it informs how I perceive and think about what takes place in the therapy room. I am always taking into consideration the whole being, various states, stages, and lines of consciousness development, the cognitive, the energetic, the emotional, the spiritual, and the greater systems that we are all a part of. In my view, integral theory is a large piece of the puzzle when it comes to truly holistic psychotherapy.

— Kevin Stansbury, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Burbank, CA

I first read Ken Wilber when I was in high school in the 1980s and his way of looking at the world had profound effect on my young mind. It remains one of the most complete and integrated systems of knowledge that exists, that I know about anyway. In many ways it is essentially a rigorously holistic approach to human change and can be a great way to illuminate blind spots on one's own roadmap to positive, lasting change.

— Stephen Barnard, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I completed my Master's at the California Institute of Integral Psychology with a degree in integral counseling psychology. My training focused on modalities such as transpersonal psychotherapy, sensorimotor psychotherapy, psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, and somatic therapy.

— Sage Charles, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA