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

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

Integrative therapy utilizes a variety of therapeutic models to best fit the needs of the client. I engage in thorough assessment of the problems that bring my clients to therapy and consider this in addition to their personality, goals, and lifestyle to determine what methods will best work for my clients. It has been my experience that unhealed traumas, both big and small, often play a role in the issues that bring clients to therapy. As such I take a trauma-informed approach in all of my work

— Meagan Chevalier, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Fairfax, VA

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

Integrative Body Psychotherapy (IBP) is a highly efficient and effective way of working with clients that can lead to deeper more meaningful therapeutic work in less time with lasting results. IBP treats the whole person, integrating the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. I have completed 6 years of training in IBP and am a Certified Integrative Body Psychotherapist and Teacher. I am also currently undergoing the training to become a Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider.

— Jillian Bashi, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Troy, MI

Given that I see the value different evidence based treatments, my theoretical orientation is integrative. I treat from a client-centered perspective in which I integrate the evidence-based treatments (such as DBT, CBT, psychodynamic and ACT) that are best suited for a given patient’s unique background, symptomatology and needs. I also consider biopsychosocial and multicultural factors.

— Yvette Rico, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Berkeley, CA

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

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 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

It's important to me to find what works regardless of particular modality. I tailor how I respond and what interventions I use based on what my client needs and what they're coming in with. I find that synthesizing different approaches based on needs and philosophies of the person I'm working with is the most effective way I can engage therapeutically. No one approach can cover everything, so I make sure to deepen my knowledge of many different modalities.

— Rayne Banneck, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

Integrative counseling is a holistic approach to mental health that combines physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual aspects of your experience, while also honoring your unique goals. This customized approach for coping with stress and grief allows you to feel calmer and more focused, with healthier relationships, and improved quality of life.

— Pamela Kuras, Counselor in Benson, NC

I am trained in both top-down modalities such as DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) and bottom-up modalities like somatic EMDR so we continually integrate methods that best fit your stage of restoration and growth. Polyvagal applications bringa holistic view of physical, mental, and emotional health that result in better overall wellbeing.

— Shelly Melroe, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Shoreview, MN

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

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 am a Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider, with advanced training in the ways our food impacts our mood.

— Amanda Ruiz, Counselor in East Petersburg, PA

Integrative therapy is a progressive form of psychotherapy that combines different therapeutic tools and approaches to fit the needs of the client. With an understanding of normal human development, an integrative therapist modifies standard treatments to fill in development gaps that affect each client in different ways. By combining elements drawn from different schools of psychological theory and research, integrative therapy becomes a more flexible and inclusive approach to treatment.

— Malika O'Neill, Licensed Professional Counselor in Media, PA

We would not be called individuals if we were all supposed to fit into one box. The primary style of therapy I utilize in addition to Motivational Interviewing technique is an integrative approach that utilizes varying therapeutic styles, meeting you where you are in your journey, having the greatest benefit to you and your time.

— Emily Loeber, Counselor in Simpsonville, SC

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

Integrative therapy is a progressive form of psychotherapy that combines different therapeutic tools and approaches to fit the needs of the individual client. As an integrative psychotherapist I combine elements drawn from different schools of psychological theory and research. Integrative therapy is a more flexible and inclusive approach to treatment than more traditional, singular forms of psychotherapy.

— Joshua Weinreb, Licensed Professional Counselor in North Canton, OH

Integrative therapy is a fancy way of saying that I use many different types of therapeutic approaches to help clients through their problems in relationships. Gottman method is a type of couples therapy, narrative is telling your story, acceptance and commitment therapy works on accepting how things are (mindfulness) and committing to it (behavioral change strategies) to have psychological flexibility in the relationship. There is no one therapy that is right for everyone.

— Amanda Samuels, Counselor in Kirkwood, MO

I work from a variety of therapeutic orientations to best fit the needs, wishes and personality of my clients.

— Ellen Murphy, Counselor in Grandville, MI

I take an integrative approach to therapy with almost every client I see. By using a combination of therapeutic techniques at various stages of a clients process, the client can see themselves changing. Since they are ultimately driving the process, when they see how far they have progressed, they feel empowered.

— Gini Reeves, Counselor in Marietta, GA

While I do work primarily from a CBT perspective and am certified in two trauma-focused CBT approaches (Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure), I do also integrate other treatments. I use treatments grounded in research and do not consider myself to be a theoretical purist, as I believe in finding what works for the person sitting front of me.

— Audrey Atkinson, Clinical Psychologist in Davidson, NC

Mind-Body Therapy (Integrative Therapy), is used frequently in my practice. I use this approach to heal and ease life's problems by increasing personal resources and one's resilience.

— Lyza Chin, Therapist in Beverly, MA

I understand that you face your own set of unique challenges. Therefore, I work with an integrative approach, tailoring my treatment to your individual needs.

— Raeleen Davis, Licensed Professional Counselor in Rochester Hills, MI

Integrative therapy is basically a way of saying that I will draw upon many modalities. I will take into consideration your unique experiences, past therapy, and preferences. We may use CBT to fill in any gaps in knowledge, practice mindfulness to help with self-soothing and self-compassion, or use Motivational Interviewing to boost the likelihood of you sticking to your goals.

— Abigail Burd, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, CA