Psychotherapy And Vertical Integration

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Upon exploring different forms of psychotherapies, I realized that I could not see myself using only one form throughout my career. Theoretical integration is the process of combining two or more therapies to provide better outcomes than just one form of psychotherapy alone (Wedding & Corsini, 2013). This helps look out for clients’ best interests. I am really drawn to many tenants of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Positive Psychotherapy (PPT). Kuyken et al., explains that the “goal of psychotherapy is to alleviate distress and build resilience: (Kuyken et al., 2008). However, many forms of psychotherapy strictly focus on the medical model of alleviating distress. While CBT is a widely effective and recognized form of psychotherapy …show more content…
Many therapists infuse strengths in their therapeutic model without drastically changing what they do (Wedding & Corsini, 2013). More recently, there has been a shift to use the common factors method of integration to see what is similar in different psychotherapies (Wedding & Corsini, 2013). There is no one-size-fits-all therapy so drawing on what is common helps individualize therapy. Positive CBT is the product of the common factors methods of integration. It combines salient tenants of CBT and PPT to make a more well-rounded form of psychotherapy (Bannink, 2014). Positive CBT aims to fit both goals of psychotherapy by striving to alleviating distress and building resilience (Prasco, Hruby, Holubova, Vyskocilova, Slepecky & Grambal, …show more content…
I believe that individuals may be predisposed to psychopathology and respond based on their learning history. However, by focusing on their strengths, they have the ability to strive for that happiness, fulfilment and personal growth. I believe that personal resources are very strong and have the ability to counteract that predisposition. A new learning history can develop through this shift from the negative to the positive. I also believe that individuals can form a relationship based on positive resources. If the therapeutic alliance is strong when things are good, it will be easier for it to be strong when things are challenging. I appreciate the social constructivist approach of Positive CBT (Prasco et al., 2016). Combines multiple techniques including PPT and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. Positive CBT believes that even though everyone will experience challenges, they all have strengths. These strengths allow them to improve the quality of their lives (Saleebey, 1996). It does not discount psychopathology and the challenges that individuals face. Positive CBT also believes that clients possess motivation to change (Prasco et al.,

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