Integrative Therapy

Integrative therapy is the integration of elements from different schools of psychotherapy in the treatment of a client. An integrative therapist will first assess their client and then match proven treatment techniques to their unique situation. As it is a highly individualized approach, integrative therapy can be used to treat any number of issues, including depression, anxiety, and personality disorders. Research has shown that tailoring therapy to the individual client can enhance treatment effectiveness. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s integrative therapy specialists today.

Meet the specialists

I greatly appreciate an Integrative approach, and love the ethical code "do no harm." At Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois) we learned several types of therapy, including psychodynamic psychotherapy, and others that can be included as an integrative therapy approach, such as feminist, gestalt, attachment, culturally sensitive, existential, Gottman method, Mindfulness, narrative, and more.

— Dennis Smith, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Las Vegas, NV

One size does not fit all. Your needs are unique to you. I use a strengths-based approach drawing from person-centered, Humanistic/Existential, Cognitive Behavioral, trauma-focused and Psychodynamic approaches.

— Sergio Hernández, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Evanston, IL

Each client has unique needs and responds to different styles. I use an integrated, trauma-informed, person-centered approach foremost. I get to know you as an individual, including your counseling goals, values, strengths, learning styles, and needs as a client. I then tie in modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), psychodynamics, and systemic lenses and techniques to help you.

— Johanna Karasik, Counselor in Northglenn, CO

My eclectic approach draws from evidence-based theories and yogic philosophy. I've been a practitioner of yoga for over two decades and have been a certified 200-hour teacher since 2018. I've found through understanding and applying the Yamas, or ethical principles of yoga, we can learn to live a more peaceful and healthier life. For example, "Ahimsa," non-harming, invites us to take a non-judgmental stance toward ourselves and others so we can focus more on the important things.

— Shelby Dwyer, Counselor in Boston and Cambridge, MA

My graduate program provided in-depth education in several modalities of therapy; cognitive-behavioral therapy, family systems therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. By learning how to provide therapy through these different lenses, students in my program were taught how to be integrative therapists. This allows me to provide flexibility in the therapy I offer, rather than expecting the patient to fit the modality I provide.

— Lauren Bartholomew, Psychologist in King of Prussia, PA

While CBT is a great tool, there are outstanding therapies that can supplement CBT and be integrated together. I draw on some techniques from positive psychology, mindfulness, and developmental-behavioral analysis.

— Christopher Joaquim, Counselor in West Palm Beach, FL

I most often work from an integrative perspective, which means I use techniques from psychodynamic, interpersonal, and cognitive behavioral theories. I use the techniques that are most appropriate for my individual client's situation, and the ones that appeal to them the most.

— Ginny Kington, Psychologist in Duluth, GA

Counseling is not meant to be a one size fits all approach. Integrative therapy combines different therapeutic practices and techniques to fit the needs of each individual client. Our integrative approach helps clients explore what is causing challenges in their life and helps them begin to approach life in a more open and productive way that works for them.

— Christina Rogers, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in St. Petersburg, FL

Integrative therapy is a progressive model of therapy that draws from many different therapeutic models to best suit the individual needs of the patient. Rather than imposing a rigid modality on every patient regardless of their needs or preferences, integrative therapeutic approaches adapt to the unique circumstances you bring to therapy.

— Liz Fletcher, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oklahoma City, OK

At Washington Psychological Wellness, we practice an integrative and holistic approach to healing, considering our clients’ mental, physical, and emotional health and interpersonal and spiritual well-being. We consider each individual as unique and therefore cater treatment to the client. Drawing from various modalities and practices, we can match you with a therapist who will understand your specific issues and tailor your therapy plans according to your needs.

— Washington Psychological Wellness, Mental Health Practitioner in Gaithersburg, MD

My therapy style is integrative, working with each client to create a treatment plan that fits their specific needs. Generally, I combine psychodynamic work with a strong client-centered/person-centered (Rogerian) orientation. I have experience with CBT and ACT techniques, work with substance use issues from a harm-reduction perspective. I also incorporate elements of narrative, feminist, and interpersonal therapy.

— Barton Shulman, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in San Francisco, CA

Each of us are wired differently and coming from various backgrounds, therefore integrative therapy only makes sense to individualize the therapy for each client. By bringing effective psychodynamic, client-centered, cognitive, mindfulness-based, emotionally-focused, holistic approach and each person's spirituality facilitate wholeness of the therapeutic experiences and constructive changes.

— Hyon Bachman, Licensed Professional Counselor in Newport News, VA

Training based from Leslie Korn, lectures and workshops from Phoenix Friends of Jung, Psychiatric Rehabilitation 3 course series at University of Arizona, and Women's Group work

— Wendy Howell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Glendale, AZ