Reflections on Psychotherapy Integration
Article first published online: 25 JAN 2006
Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice
Volume 1, Issue 1, pages 3–12, June 1994
How to Cite
Strieker, G. (1994), Reflections on Psychotherapy Integration. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 1: 3–12. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2850.1994.tb00002.x
- Issue published online: 25 JAN 2006
- Article first published online: 25 JAN 2006
- Received December 4, 1993.
- psychotherapy integration;
- common factors approach;
- assimilative integration;
- theoretical integration;
- therapeutic relationship;
Psychotherapy integration can refer to a common factors approach to understanding psychotherapy, to assimilative integration (a combination of treatments drawn from different approaches but guided by a unitary theoretical understanding), or to theoretical integration (an attempt to understand the patient by developing a superordinate theoretical framework that draws from a variety of different frameworks). In contrast to eclectic psychotherapy, it Is based on theoretical understanding. It recognlxes the central role of the therapeutic relation-chip and the value of techniques drawn from disparate approaches. Because It transcends the limits of any single, pure-form approach to treatment, ft has promise to become the defining process (not school) for future generations of psychotherapists.