Private Integrative Therapy
Integration has become an important and influential movement within psychotherapy practice, reflected by the fact that the majority of psychotherapists and counsellors now identify as integrative.
A range of psychotherapy approaches are widely recognised as effective. However, in clinical practice, the choice of the best therapy to use for each mental disorder is far from simple, given the existence of over 400 types of psychotherapy approaches. These tend to be classified according to theoretical model, including behavioural, cognitive, psychoanalytic. They are also divided amongst frequency and length of sessions, among other elements.
Improving the efficacy, efficiency, and applicability of psychotherapy is the raison d'être of integration.
Increasingly from the 1990’s, an integrative approach to therapy has become common. The integrative perspective refers to an inclusive and flexible usage and attitude toward the different psychotherapeutic models. There is a growing agreement in psychology that no single psychotherapeutic approach can be effective for all clients in all contexts.
At the core of psychotherapy integration is the research finding that despite the varying theoretical approaches to therapy, they produce similar outcomes. The common factors across psychotherapy approaches (therapeutic alliance, client expectations, therapist empathy, etc.) account for more outcome variance than the specific effects attributed to each psychotherapeutic approach. Specific therapeutic techniques, such as psychoanalytic analyses or cognitive restructuring only contribute about 7% on the outcome variance in psychotherapy, while the common factors account for almost 20% of the outcome variance. Common factors among psychotherapy approaches have been associated with positive outcomes and important therapeutic changes.
A key value of integrative psychotherapy is its individualised approach. The integrative psychotherapy model aims to respond to the whole person, with attention to emotional, behavioural, cognitive, and physiological functioning, as well as to spiritual beliefs. Integrative psychotherapy allows for a sophisticated adaptation of the therapy to the unique characteristics and needs of each client. It allows the therapist to tailor their knowledge and skills of evidence-based treatments and approaches.
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