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Assimilative integration is one of four major types of psychotherapy integration or eclecticism, the other three being theoretical integration; common factors, which emphasize what different therapies hold in common; and technical eclecticism. It can be seen as a middle ground between a full theoretical integration as proposed, for example, by Paul Wachtel for psychoanalytic and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and technical eclecticism, in which any empirically supported techniques can be combined without a theoretical anchor point. As mental health practitioners become more clinically experienced, they typically include some features from outside their favored theoretical approach to make the therapy more effective or to allow it to be briefer. Thus, assimilative integration can be defined as a way of conducting psychotherapy by incorporating concepts, techniques, or ...

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