Running Header Psychotherapy Integration Psychotherapy Integration Elaine T. Gayden Mississippi College Instructor Dr. J. Southern Theories Personality Counseling November 18, 2010 Psychotherapy Integration Abstract
Psychotherapy Integration is an approach that uses more than any single theory or technique. The earlier pioneers in integration were following a trend that was introduced by Freud into psychoanalysis. It is said that common factors approach to integration came about because of the assumption that all effective methods of psychotherapy share somewhat critical and curative factors. Psychotherapy Integration is to integrate therapies that will derive a goal to maximize a patients exposure to the unique combination of therapeutic factors that will best help him or her with their problems. Psychotherapy Integration Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
In studying the different theories, I felt that Reality Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, and Behavioral Therapy had a great impact on me. In Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, the therapists tries its best to work with the patient to identify the underlying thoughts that might be causing their distress. The therapist then tries and come up with techniques they feel will alter the resulting behavior. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy uses the cognitive restructuring approach to try and modify the behavior. In using this therapy we learn that patients have certain beliefs, known as schemas, these schemas are what have a negative impact on the patients behavior and functioning. For example, a patient suffering from schizophrenia may develop a social phobia because he is convinced he is not likable, uninteresting, or convinced unwanted. The therapist would put this schema to a test by asking the patient to name family and friends that care for them and seem to enjoy their company. By allowing the patient to see that others value them, the therapist brings to a head the irrationalness of the patients thought process.
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