Integrativetherapy encourages delivering therapy treatment that isevidence-based and tailored to the patient needs. It takes somethingwhich is convenient from various approaches of therapy treatment andintegrates them to come up with a treatment that is wholesome(Mahoney, 2008). The ideology motivates the approach that, a singleapproach is not enough to deliver efficient treatment. Variousclinicians use different integrative methods such as technicaleclecticism, assimilative therapy, and theoretical integration justto mention a few.
Inmy journal review of integrative therapy, I narrowed down to theapproaches mentioned above. To begin with Eclecticism, manytherapists have adopted this approach, as it helps them get a broadunderstanding of patient problems. Despite being criticized for lackof consistency in their thinking, clinicians use it as they believethat some factors influence human behavior (Dimaggio, Kenneth, &Wesley, 2015). Any therapist using this approach will choose atherapy technique that works. The integrationist complimenteclecticism, as they go forward and examine why that particulartreatment works. Integration therapy can be seen as a hybrid ofeclecticism.
Secondly,in assimilative integration, a therapist grounds himself in a singleschool of thought but with open arms to other practice and views fromother therapy schools of thought (Mahoney, 2008). They have a firmbelief that integration should thrive most at the practice level. Inpractice, they are guided by their original knowledge, but sometimes,they chose some treatment methods from other fields and apply them intheir own practice (Mahoney, 2008).
Finally,theoretical integration, though seen as challenging andsophisticated, when adopted it provides the best approach in dealingwith patient psycho- problems. Different schools of thought withtheir various worldviews are integrated. The aim is to equiptherapist with psychotherapeutic theories and therapy techniques. Itenables patients to receive an evidence-based solution. Besides, toproviding a solution, the approach seeks to know why it worked. Manyinstitutions in trying to offer qualified and efficient graduates inthe field of therapy, they have started to adopt integration therapy.
Efficiencyof Integration Therapy
Itis clear that the three approaches appreciate the ideology ofborrowing something from here and there, to provide the besttreatment to help the patients (Mahoney, 2008). The integrationallows the practitioner to gain wider understanding into thepatient’s matter, thus, delivering on point evidence-baseddiagnosis and treatment. Its flexibility has been beneficial topatients who wish to overcome unfavorable patterns of behavior thataffect physiological, behavioral, cognitive and affective systems(Dimaggio, Kenneth, & Wesley, 2015).
Ifthe purpose of integration therapy is to enhance the effectiveness ofpatient treatment by using a tailored approach, then we ought notonly to adopt it but also to be on the front page propagating for itsuse. Integrative therapy can be seen as a holistic approach totreatment that takes into consideration available research, clinicalexpertise, culture and preference in enhancing psychotherapy. As Dr.Norcross says, he uses both eclectic and integration because it isthe best for the patients. How can I oppose such a thought that itsintention is only to make my work productive and more helpful? Thepurpose of any therapy treatment is to provide insight and solutioninto patient’s problem, and this seems to be the goal ofintegration therapy.
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