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

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

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

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

— Robin Knoblach, Clinical Psychologist in Herndon, VA

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

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

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

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 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 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

I integrate most approaches based on the strengths, vulnerabilities and interests of the client. I do not expect a client to adjust to my theory, rather I adjust theory to help a client feel safe, in control and hopeful.

— Sarah Blaszczak, 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 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

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