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


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 recognize that each client is unique, and that treatment needs to be individualize. Therefore I work with each client to identify a treatment approach that is most appropriate to their presenting issues.

— Kadiatu Tarawalie, Licensed Professional Counselor in EWING, NJ

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

— Robin Knoblach, Clinical Psychologist in Herndon, VA

I was trained using an integrative model of treatment: 1) using common factors of successful treatment across models (i.e., warm therapeutic relationship, empathy, collaboration, authenticity) and 2) pulling from various specific modalities based on the personality, presenting concerns, and other unique needs of the client.

— Jennifer Glassmire-Policari, Psychologist in Chapel Hill, NC

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 Shrewsbury, NJ

My therapeutic style is integrative, meaning I pull from different modalities depending on what is needed and desired by my clients (including but not limited to cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction, narrative therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy). How we choose to structure our work may also depend on if we're doing short or longer-term work together, and this will depend on the nature of your concerns and needs, and how they progress over time.

— Alex Altman, Clinical Social Worker in Bethesda, MD

The main idea behind integrative therapy is that you are unique, and what would work perfectly for you is not necessarily what would work for other people. As an integrative therapist I focus on allowing you as the individual to find the right framework to start with, therefore to make a program of therapy that suits your personal needs and issues.

— Solveig Pedersen, Licensed Professional Counselor in Nakusp, BC,

My education and training involves a variety of therapeutic theories as well as experiences within clinic, hospice, collegiate, professional, in-home, and community environments. My clinical work and experience also involves working with individuals of all ages. It would be a disservice to you if I didn't tailor my expertise to you, specifically, drawing from this rich variety of therapeutic interactions and knowledge.

— Anna Hope, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

My approach draws primarily from psychodynamic, attachment, and object relations schools of thought but is also heavily influenced by positive psychology and solution-focused brief therapy, so combining all those together is best described as integrative.

— Janet Civitelli, Psychologist in Austin, TX

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 believe there are a variety of approaches for counseling, so I utilize integrative therapy to determine which therapeutic technique, whether it's from cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, solutions-focused therapy, etc., might work the best for you.

— Jessica Savage, Licensed Professional Counselor

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 Beaverton, 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 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

I work with each client individually to create a treatment plan tailored to their specific strengths, values, and goals. I believe there is no such thing as a "one size fits all" therapy, so I combine different therapeutic tools and techniques based on your needs and what is evidenced-based for your particular issue. I have a strong foundation in person-centered, CBT and solutions-focused therapies, and incorporate mindfulness and mind-body techniques.

— Courtney Wade, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Columbus, OH

I use a mix of CBT, interpersonal therapy, and psychodynamic therapies to get the entire picture of a person’s life and functioning to teach and encourage the use of skills to improve their lives.

— Uchechi Ukuku, Psychologist in Philadelphia, PA

I use a combination of approaches in order to provide a service that best suits the needs of the individual who I am working with. I believe that at the core of every treatment is an unconditional, positive regard for the individual served. Some of the methods I practice include CBT (understanding thoughts, emotions, and behaviors), DBT (mindfulness techniques), narrative therapy (identifying stories you may make up), and motivational interviewing (understanding, listening, reflecting).

— Danielle Pinals, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Framingham, MA

Integrative therapy happens every session as I am not married to any one particular form of therapy. I will use whatever therapeutic approach works for my clients. There are a number of effective therapy models and interventions that are wonderful for the right client, so it is my job to find out the interventions that work best and incorporate those in my client's treatment plan.

— Enrica Thomas, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Shepherdsville, KY

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

By using integrative, it describes my approach that is largely grounded in interpersonal theory (see description below), feminism & social justice/liberation, a self-compassion lens, and seeing therapy as a collaborative process with elements of narrative practice, relational cultural theory, and internal family systems.

— Megan Tucker, Psychologist in Providence, RI

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