What is Integrative Therapy?

Emmanuel L. Rock

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Posted: May 31, 2022

Integrative therapy is clinical approach to counseling and psychotherapy that accepts and uses multiple different psychological approaches in talk therapy depending on the patient or client's needs. Integrative therapy takes the approach of accepting multiple other psychological approaches, or talk therapy techniques and practices, and uses them in different ways. This approach is more flexible and inclusive than other approaches that tend to be limited to the rigid boundaries of their theoretical models.

Who Can Provide Integrative Therapy?

Mental health professionals have the training and expereince to provide integrative therapy. These professionals include psychiatrists and licensed clinical psychologists. Other professionals, such as licensed professional counselors or licensed clinical social workers, may also practice integrative therapy. Integrative therapy providers may work in hospital systems, private healthcare practices, or specialized facilities. This type of therapy also provides services in environments such as school systems and community settings.

How Does It Work in Counseling?

The specific process of integrative therapy depends on the mental health provider and how they work, the setting of the care, the situation, and the person receiving the support and their individual needs.

For example, integrative therapy may be delivered in a hospital setting, clinic, or other specialized facilities, or virtually with tele-therapy. It can be provided to an individual one-on-one, couples, children, adolescents, or even in group settings.

What to Look Forward in Session?

A session for a clinician using integrative therapy is similar to general counseling principles. The first session is typically referred to as an initial assessment because it’s an opportunity for the clinician to gather information. For example, the clinician may ask what led you to counseling, relationships, trauma, and medication history.

To prepare for your first session, your therapist will likely ask you to complete some paperwork. They will ask some demographic questions and take down your insurance information. At the end of the initial session, the clinician will allow you to ask questions or make comments. Afterward, you and the clinician will also have a chance to talk about treatment goals, meeting times, and the duration of the counseling experience.