Integrative Psychotherapy

There have long been rivalries among the many schools of mental health and psychotherapy. Unwavering followers of psychoanalytic, behavioral, cognitive, existential, and gestalt theories (to name a few) have often been locked in ideological battles to prove superiority of one theory over the others. As the field of psychotherapy has advanced, research has revealed that although there are more than 400 brands of psychotherapy, borrowing from the many theoretical orientations, each is just as effective as the other at treating a given psychological disorder. This important finding, as well as the recognition that one orientation is not likely to be adequate for conceptualizing the broad range of patients who will be seen by a given therapist, has launched a movement toward theoretical integration. By the ...

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