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Psychotherapy integration is defined as an approach to psychotherapy that includes a variety of attempts to look beyond the confines of single-school approaches in order to see what can be learned from other perspectives. It is characterized by an openness to various ways of integrating diverse theories and techniques. It is based on the belief that there is no one approach to therapy that is suitable to every patient.

Psychotherapy integration has developed to the point that it now is represented in most major textbooks of psychotherapy. The term psychotherapy integration has been used in several different ways. The term has been applied to a common factors approach to understanding psychotherapy, to technical integration, to theoretical integration, and to assimilative integration.

Before beginning to discuss those approaches, ...

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