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

While coming from a program that was psychodynamic in nature, I never felt that that one theory was enough for the complexities of a person. I have received postdoctoral training in integrative therapy, which uses all of the major orientations and explores how they interconnect and best suit a variety of presenting issues and people.

— Julie Bindeman, Psychologist in Rockville, MD

I integrate cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic and interpersonal approaches and techniques in my work.

— Robin Knoblach, Clinical Psychologist in Herndon, VA

In addition to using CBT, I can teach you to make friends with your brain and your body via relaxation and guided imagery, as well as a practical understanding of how the brain works. ​We're likely to talk about sleep, nutrition and exercise - the body and the brain are both part of the same package! It's truly remarkable how much better equipped you are to deal with even the most complex problems when the basics are in place.

— Dr. Laura Forsyth, Psychologist in Camarillo, CA

I use a blend of treatment styles, as unique as the needs of my individual clients. My counseling style utilizes cognitive, narrative, person centered, psycho-dynamic, mindfulness, neuroscience, and depth techniques, which include exploring dreams, metaphor and movement.

— Lisa SLOAN STROM, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

In my experience, the Client’s needs should lead the therapy, not the Therapist’s theoretical orientation. I trained in psychodynamic, narrative, feminist and humanistic perspectives. I approach therapy with strength based, authenticity, and emphatically validated interventions. I like to get feedback from clients frequently to continue to adjust my approach.

— Genevieve Weiscovitz, Clinical Psychologist in Albany, CA

My aim is to integrate aspects of the self which get compartmentalized or discounted, mainly around sexual expression and intimacy: mind/body, heart, soul, all parts working together. I seek to integrate the individual into their community and world, to find their place in nature.

— Kelly Rees, Clinical Sexologist in Portland, OR

I allow my varied life experiences, as well as my keen interest in other modalities, to inform my work.

— Victoria Julita Spiers, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

I do not have a "one-size fits all" approach when working with clients. I utilize an integrative approach using a variety of treatment modalities to best meet the needs of my clients. I am guided by both research and evidence based/evidence informed interventions to include aspects of Psychodynamic Therapy, Attachment Based Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and the Unified Protocol.

— Carolyn Karoll, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Towson, MD

Therapy is based on each individual client and their specific needs. Having an understanding and being able to use multiple forms of therapy in different ways in important when being able to adjust for each individual client.

— Alison Maples, Counselor in Royal Oak, MI

I utilize an integrative approach to therapy, relying on empirically-supported principles to include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Humanistic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy in achieving desired therapeutic outcomes. No one person is ever the same; thus, it is of utmost importance for myself and the client to work collaboratively and tirelessly to find the best treatment for them.

— Brittany Bate, Psychologist in Cary, NC

I incorporate different aspects of multiple therapy modalities depending on the unique nature of the person I am working with for an integrative approach.

— Rikki Goldenberg, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Boca Raton, FL

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

I most often work from an integrative perspective, which means I use techniques from cognitive behavioral, exposure, person-centered, EMDR, and psychodynamic therapies. 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 Norcross, GA

I am trained in many forms of therapy and combine the tools from each that I feel are most appropriate for the symptoms that are present. This may include using strategies of mindfulness, dream work, identifying values-oriented goals, using exposure and response prevention, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, cognitive modification, emotion processing, and motivational interviewing.

— Lisa Ritter, Counselor in Portland, OR

The integrative approach is one that brings together aspects of other approaches and combines them to help the client(s) have the best chance on their journey. I have been trained in numerous aoproaches and am able to bring them in when they are likely to be helpful to those I work with.

— Christopher Smith, Pastoral Counselor in Harrison, NY

I have training in multiple therapeutic approaches such as CBT, DBT, ACT, and Narrative Therapy. I work with my clients to identify strengths while expressing difficulties through modalities that fit their abilities and preferences.

— Heather Alesch, Psychologist in Nashville, TN

Integrative approach to therapy is essential in working with clients. The unique lives that we live means that we must apply various therapeutic modalities to different topics in therapy. An integrative approach is cohesive and considers the parts of one's life that make up the whole person.

— Shatara Sheppard, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Charlotte, NC

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

I take a person-centered, integrative approach to therapy, based on my belief that each person and so will be each approach to therapy. I collaborate with my clients to create goals for what they wish to achieve in therapy, and listen to how I can best support them to meet these goals. My therapy combines elements including humanistic and strengths based approaches, as well as cognitive behavioral and mindfulness techniques.

— Patricia Wosleger, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY

Integration is the key to sustainable change. Integration happens on multiple layers - cognitively, biologically, and relationally. No two people are alike and thus, therapy should be adapted to each specific client to foster deep healing. My approach to therapy infuses a systems lens, feminist/multiculturalist psychotherapies, stage-based trauma therapies, attachment theory, interpersonal neurobiology, relational approaches, body-oriented (somatic) modalities, creative approaches, experiential psychotherapy, existential psychotherapy, depth psychology. This diverse skill set allows me to employ a multitude of empirically backed psychotherapies while being very real and approachable with my clients. This kind of integrative model allows me to help clients feel what they need to feel, process what they need to process, and grow in the ways they need to grow so they can create the lives they wish to lead.

— Natalia Amari, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX

Utilizing complimentary theoretical approaches and interventions to meet individual clients’ needs. If seeking addiction treatment, seek a credentialed provider to ensure the clinician has adequate training.

— Tracy Carmody, Counselor in Baldwinsville, NY