Integrative Psychotherapy

Written by Rachel Arieff
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Integrative psychotherapy is a form of therapy that tries to bring together the fragmented aspects of personality into one healthy, cohesive whole. It is a popular therapeutic method for people who want to bring more balance into their lives. One word before I go any further, though. The goal of this site is to provide information on different types of therapies, including integrative psychotherapy, in as understandable a language as possible. The last thing I want to do is mystify or intimidate.

Thus, whenever possible, I will try to avoid using confusing psycoanalytical jargon in favor of plain English. Quite simply, integrative psychotherapy draws from a mix of many different psychoanalytical techniques. The theory behind this is that many different tools can be better than just one.

What Is Integrative Psychotherapy?

Thus, within the integrative rubric, you may commonly find a mixture of many different approaches. These approaches can range from behavioral therapy, to cognitive therapy, to Gestalt therapy. There are a good number of Los Angeles therapists who practice this integrative approach to self-awareness and improvement. They draw on many established schools of thought to bring you the best of all worlds, tailoring the treatment to your needs.

This is important for many people undergoing psychotherapy, for they want to feel as if their therapist sees and understands them for who they are. Too often, you hear complaints that patients feel like their therapist treats them like a number and tries to fit them into a box--the box being the therapist's particular brand of psychotherapy. Integrative therapy strives to avoid these negative experiences by affirming each client's uniqueness.


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