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Multitheoretical psychotherapy (MTP) is an integrative model encouraging therapists to combine interventions from more than one theoretical source, based on clients’ individual needs. MTP focuses on the interaction between three concurrent dimensions of functioning: thoughts, feelings, and actions. These dimensions are shaped byfour contextual dimensions: biology, interpersonal patterns, social systems, and cultural contexts. MTP describes key strategies from seven psychotherapy theories corresponding to these seven dimensions.

Historical Context

MTP was developed by Jeff Harris and colleagues between 2000 and 2008, while he was working at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Counseling and Student Development Center. It was designed as a practical method for training psychotherapists to acquire a broad repertoire of intervention strategies and to plan for integrative treatment. MTP is considered a second-generation model ...

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