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Reflections on Psychotherapy Integration


Address reprint requests and correspondence to George Strieker, The Demer Institute, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY 11530.


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.