Integrative psychotherapy is a systematic approach to treatment in which two or more models of treatment are combined, the synthesis of which is hoped to provide an improvement in treatment efficacy and/or effectiveness. Principally, three approaches to the patient and his or her treatment have been incorporated; these include:
(a) psycodynamic conceptualization and treatment,
(b) cognitive-behavioral therapy, and
(c) couple & family systems therapy.
In addition, there is also an emphasis upon the common factors that exist among diverse approaches to treatment, including various "non-specific factors" such as compassion and the arousal of hope; the facilitative factors of empathy, genuineness, and positive regard; the criticality of the therapeutic alliance; and, the clinical dilemmas that arise for psychotherapists in all approaches to treatment.
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