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Psychotherapy Integration

  1. James F. Boswell1,
  2. Marvin R. Goldfried2

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0753

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Boswell, J. F. and Goldfried, M. R. 2010. Psychotherapy Integration. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Pennsylvania State University

  2. 2

    Stony Brook University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Although a substantial number of psychotherapists identify themselves as eclectic or integrative (Norcross & Goldfried, 2005), the acceptance of psychotherapy integration was a process that evolved over several decades. A seed for psychotherapy integration was first planted by French in his address of the 1932 meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (later published as French, 1933), in which he drew parallels between psychoanalysis and Pavlovian conditioning. Subsequently, the potential for psychotherapy integration received attention from only a handful of authors between 1932 and 1960 (e.g., Dollard & Miller; Rosenzweig), and did not emerge as a theme until the 1960s and 1970s, beginning with Frank's (1961) Persuasion and Healing.


  • psychotherapy integration;
  • eclecticism;
  • assimilative integration;
  • evidence-based therapy;
  • therapy change principles