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The Journey of an Integrationist: A Grounded Theory Analysis

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Year of publication 2016
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Psychotherapy
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Field Psychology
Keywords psychotherapy integration; psychotherapist development; personal psychotherapeutic approach; grounded theory
Description Surveys among psychotherapists tend to show a high preference for integrationism/eclecticism. There is, however, a lack of empirical studies exploring the process by which these psychotherapists arrive at this orientation. To answer this question, 22 autobiographies published by integrative psychotherapists were analyzed using grounded theory analytic procedures. The analysis resulted in a 3-stage developmental model, consisting of (a) the Adherence Phase, (b) the Destabilization Phase, and (c) the Consolidation Phase. The results are discussed in relation to several speculative models of psychotherapist development toward integration, as well as empirical literature on psychotherapist development. The results suggest that the tendency toward integration is best regarded as a natural part of the process of psychotherapist development.
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