Founder, Description, Philosophy

Integrative therapy draws on multiple types of therapeutic approaches to tailor the therapy to best meet the needs of the client. The therapist matches their approach to what is most relevant to the client’s specific goals,  or what may best treat the presenting symptoms based on scientific evidence for specific disorders. The premise is that using only one form of psychotherapy limits what can be done for the client, and that therapy is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Therapists will consider the characteristics, preferences, needs, physical abilities, beliefs, and motivations and use their professional judgement in deciding what methodology would work best. With integrative therapy, a therapist may use multiple therapeutic tools drawn from a variety of approaches.  Many training programs now encourage integrative approaches to psychotherapy so that therapists can adapt their methods to best meet the needs of different types of clients.

What type of problems is this approach used to treat and what populations can it serve?

Since the integrative approach uses what’s best for the client and their problem, this form of therapy can be useful for treating any number of psychological problems and disorders.

What does this approach look like in practice What are some types of interventions?

The therapy will look like a number of different forms of interventions. It can include cognitive-behavioural techniques, delving into the past, focusing on solutions and problem solving, systemic approaches, hypnosis, etc. Many therapists who are well versed in multiple forms of therapeutic schools of thought will identify themselves as integrative rather than adhere to one approach.