Integrative psychotherapy Literature Review

Question Description

Proponents of an integrative approach may use the saying "to someone with a hammer, everything looks like a nail" when referring to a psychologist who espouses and uses only one theoretical orientation and its corresponding therapeutic interventions. Alternately, a strong believer in one particular orientation might criticize an integrative psychologist by using the phrase "jack of all trades, master of none" when describing the choice to integrate parts of multiple theories when working with a client. Where do you stand on this issue of integrative therapy? Remember that psychotherapy is about forming professional opinions based upon the best available research literature. Therefore, for this Application Assignment, you search academic literature for studies that support or refute the effectiveness of an integrative approach. You can choose a particular client population, problem, or simply delve into the efficacy studies in general.

To prepare for this assignment:

  • Review Dr. Norcross' course media presentation, "Integrative Therapy." Pay particular attention to why he says there is a "natural affinity" between psychotherapy integration and evidence-based practice.
  • Decide whether you want to research a specific client population; a specific set of client symptoms, problems in living or disorder; or review efficacy research in general.
  • Conduct a literature search using your selected parameter, using integrative therapy as the intervention you are exploring and evaluating.
  • Locate at least three empirical articles from peer-reviewed journals and review these articles with respect to your chosen parameter. Note that results from three articles is not enough data to definitely assert whether integrative therapy is worthwhile, but rather enables you to reinforce your professional thoughts in terms of the support for integrative therapy.

The assignment: (2–3 pages)

  • Describe the three studies that you located.
  • Evaluate the studies with respect to your chosen parameter (client population, problem, or general efficacy of integrative therapy).
  • Form a professional opinion, rooted in these findings, that argues for or against integrative therapy.


Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2009). Psychotherapy interventions II: Integrative therapy. Baltimore: Author.

  • featuring Dr. John Norcross
    • Article: Norcross, J. C. (2006). Personal integration: An n of 1 Study. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 16(1), 59-72.
    • Article: Watson, J. C. (2006). Reconciling different voices—Developing as an integrative scientist practitioner. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 16(1), 20-35.
    • Article: Castonguay, L. G. (2006). Personal pathways in psychotherapy integration. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 16(1), 36-58.
    • Article: Lampropoulos, G. K. (2006). On the road to psychotherapy integration: A student's journey. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 16(1), 5-19.
  • Article: Messer, S. B., & Winokur, M. (1980). Some limits to the integration of psychoanalytic and behavior therapy. American Psychologist, 35(9), 818-827.
  • Article: Prochaska, J. O., & Norcross, J. C. (2001). Stages of change. Psychotherapy: Theory, research, practice, training, 38(4), 443-448.

Final Answer



Integrative psychotherapy


Integrative psychotherapy
The three studies located
Integration is becoming one of the most important and influential movements in the
psychotherapy practice. The paper is going to highlight the growing research on psychotherapy
by reviewing three studies about integrative therapy, and it will pay attention to a specific client
population. The first article I located was about the spiritually and religiously integrated group
which was a systematic review of how spirituality and religion are defined. The article also
discussed how spiritual and religious factors integrate into psychotherapy and then the article
discussed the outcomes of any group psychotherapies. The findings of the research were that
ideas of religiosity and spirituality were not well conceptualized and also the manner in which
the spiritual and religious factors were integrated into therapies were not well understood.
Understanding the religious and spiritual factors is important for one to be able to know the
influence of religious and spiritual factors on therapy (Castonguay, 2016).
The second article I located was about the relational methods and the theories of
intersubjectivity. The article was about how child development has an impact on the
intersubjectivity and the establishment of a healthy relationship. The article also discussed the
different models of psychotherapy which have adopted the integration therapy to address the
relational issues. The use of integrative psychotherapy methods provided insight into several
issues of intersubjectivity (Norcross, 2006).
The third article was about the effectiveness of divine interventions for therapy and in
counseling. The research showed that religious factors have negat...

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