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.

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For some clients I integrate various perspectives into my work, including contemporary relational psychoanalytic perspectives, systems approaches, and cognitive-behavioral approaches. This enables me to consider your situation in the context of the systems in which you're embedded, as well as to examine things with you in a deep way while also looking more directly at examining your thoughts and behaviors.

— Laura Carter Robinson, Clinical Psychologist in Ann Arbor, MI

Integrative Therapy is a modality that takes into account the needs of the whole person when determining the approach to take in the room. I have been very blessed to learn and practice a variety of modalities both in school and during my various practical opportunities. I spend a larger amount of time during my the first session understand the client enough to determine which approach could benefit the client the most in the long run.

— Marivi Acuna, Clinical Psychologist in Fort Worth, TX

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

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.

— Dr. Christopher Joaquim, Counselor in Los Angeles, CA

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

CBT is great but doesn't solve everything. I have learned and practice many different styles of treatment. I think of them as parts in a tool box that I can pull out depending on what the patient presents with. I regularly utilize attachment theory, acceptance and commitment therapy, psychodynamic concepts, strategic therapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills, and positive psychology.

— Rebecca Scott, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist in Pleasanton, CA

I believe that the best approach is the approach that bests suits the client, which is why I will always be an integrative therapist. I am willing to work with clients to determine their preferred treatment modalities rather than rigidly adhering to one therapeutic perspective regardless of client need.

— Melanie Grundvig, Student Therapist in Broomfield, CO

This approach allows us to incorporates the fundamental principles of traditional psychotherapy and holistic medicine to promote healing on all levels: emotional physical, mental and spiritual.

— Jennifer Batra, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , NY

I'm a lifelong learner, and a well-developed, skillful therapist. In years of professional development, I've received various levels of training in the following modalities: CBT, DBT, ACT, MI, SE, EMDR, NVC, IFS, psychodynamic, and group therapy. I borrow tools and insights from all these therapies and integrate them for my client's benefit with my primary grounding and advanced training in SCT and SAVI, which together offer a broad and deep framework for healing and growth.

— Joseph Hovey, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY

Each client has unique needs and responds to different styles. I use an integrated, trauma-informed, person-centered approach to get to know you including your counseling goals, values, strengths, learning styles, and needs as a client. I then tie in modalities such as Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART - somatic, eye movements), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and more.

— Johanna Karasik, Licensed Professional Counselor in Northglenn, CO

Integrative therapy is an approach to treatment that involves selecting the techniques from different therapeutic orientations best suited to a client’s particular problem. By tailoring the therapy to the individual, integrative therapists hope to produce the most significant effects. Integrative therapy is not restricted to a particular methodology or school of thought. The goal of this is to improve the efficacy and efficiency of treatment and adapt it to the specific needs of the individual.

— Whitney Russell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Florida (telehealth only),

I have received extensive training in several modalities including: attachment theory, trauma-informed, motivational interviewing, somatic therapies, play therapy (theraplay), addiction counseling, CBT, DBT, ACT, utilizing art in therapy, logotherapy, narrative therapy, brief solution-focused therapy, positive name a few! We will work together to integrate techniques that are right for your healing.

— Erin Ratchford, Clinical Social Worker in Sioux Falls, SD

Integrative therapy refers to treating the person as a whole and not just focusing on what is "wrong." It also means looking at lifestyle habits such as nutrition, exercise and self-care practices. Integrative therapy can combine multiple methods and techniques to best address each person's unique challenges and needs.

— Stacey Hellman, Clinical Social Worker in Ellicott City, MD

While I'm trained in Narrative, Solutions Focused, and Collaborative Therapies, I draw on other therapies to fit the unique needs circumstances of each client. For example, a client coming in with issues stemming from years of childhood abuse may require a different approach than another client coming in with life transition issues. My approach is integrative and flexible to meet the needs of each client.

— Tomoko Iimura, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in ,

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