Building Community for Eclectic & Integrative Therapists

Building Community for Eclectic & Integrative Therapists | Elizabeth Dickson, Psychotherapy Integration

Why Create a Website on Psychotherapy Integration?

Most psychotherapists today call themselves eclectic or integrative, yet the institutions that serve us are typically oriented to particular schools or traditions—leaving many therapists feeling like they need to make the journey on their own. The goal of this website is to contribute to the ongoing dialogue about psychotherapy integration and, in doing so, to encourage the development of a broader community geared to the interests of eclectic and integrative therapists.

      

Celebrating the Paradox of Multiple Truths

One of the problems with having so many competing schools and traditions claiming (to some degree) to have the “right” approach is that therapists are left with the impression that there is a right approach and that they should commit to one path.

We present an alternative view. Optimal responsiveness can be conceptualized as finding the best response for the moment, which implies the ability to draw from a range of both theories and skills.

Even though different theories or traditions can feel like they are at war or competing for our attention, we can ultimately embrace them all (or at least the ones that we resonate with). A website on psychotherapy integration can celebrate the paradox of multiple truths while also addressing the challenges that this presents.

      

Acknowledgments

This website was written by Elizabeth (Eli) Dickson, LCSW with website development by Mollie Dickson and photography for the articles by Rose Dickson. A major source of inspiration has been Lynn Preston, the Director of the Experiential Psychotherapy Project (EPP) in New York City and, through her influence, the work of Eugene Gendlin, an American philosopher and psychotherapist who is the founder of Focusing. A related source of inspiration is Mosaic, a group of therapists from diverse traditions who have been meeting monthly over the last several years for the purpose of sharing our experiences as integrative or eclectic therapists.

 

For a more detailed discussion, visit The Challenge of the Integrative Therapists.