Integrated Approach For Counseling And Counseling

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Integrated approach to counseling is when you combined theories to cover the clients’ feelings, cognitive patterns, and behavior (Corey, Theory and Practice of Counseling and Pschotherapy 8e, 2009). Each theory focuses one of these key components of a client but in counseling you need to focus on each of these to fully help a client. The key to integrative counseling is to have multiple theories function in harmony (Corey, Theory and Practice of Counseling and Pschotherapy 8e, 2009). Psychotherapy has four integration approaches; technical eclecticism, theoretical integration, common factors approach, and assimilative integration. Psychotherapy integration is different than eclectic; which is when therapist use theories because it works and uses no other reasoning when grabbing from multiple theories (Stricker, An Introduction to Psychotherapy Integration, 2001). Psychotherapy integration goes past the single theory approach to examine what can be learned and combined with other theories (Stricker, Psychotherapy Integration, 2010). Technical eclecticism is when a counselor uses their previous knowledge of a theory and experience combined with research to use interventions on a client; this approach is thought of to be very close to eclectic practice (Stricker, Psychotherapy Integration ). Technical eclecticism pull ideas from theories but do not necessarily subscribe to the original positions of the theory (Corey, Theory and Practice of Counseling and Pschotherapy 8e,
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