Integral Therapy

Integral therapy is a blended therapeutic approach that draws from several other methods and theories, including pharmacological, psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, existential, feminist, multicultural, somatic, and transpersonal. It was first developed by Ken Wilber and is founded on the idea that all insights on life contain partial truths and that weaving together a range of cultural, psychological, socioeconomic, biological, spiritual, and behavioral perspectives can often provide the best treatment. Integral therapy has much in common with holistic therapy and has a focus on increased mindfulness. It can be broadly applied to a number of issues, including trauma and relationship problems. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s integral therapy specialists today.

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I received my Master's degree from the California Institute of Integral Studies, with a concentration in Integral Counseling Psychology. Integral therapy begins with the assumption that all people are capable of change, and that wholeness is our natural state of being. Within this frame, the process of therapy includes reestablishing a sense of connection to ourselves, to others, and to the world around us.

— Lucius Wheeler, Licensed Professional Counselor in , OR
 

I first read Ken Wilber when I was in high school in the 1980s and his way of looking at the world had profound effect on my young mind. It remains one of the most complete and integrated systems of knowledge that exists, that I know about anyway. In many ways it is essentially a rigorously holistic approach to human change and can be a great way to illuminate blind spots on one's own roadmap to positive, lasting change.

— Stephen Barnard, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
 

Integral means to view from a holistic point of view. We are all biological, social, cultural, subjective, and spiritual creatures. When viewed from a holistic standpoint, a person gains greater agency and less blame. There are things that happen to us that occur from sociocultural and familial trauma, and there are things that happen within us in response to that event. That is where we have the agency to act and change. Meditation, breathwork, dreamwork, and psychedelic integration.

— Michael Ebbinghaus II, Associate Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

We all have been told half truths over our lives. These messages ring loud in the background of our minds. Lets get together and learn to tell ourselves the correct messages.

— Jose Feliciano, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in La MESA, CA
 

Integral therapy, similar to holistic therapy, is a therapeutic practice that takes an integrative approach and looks at the connections between a client’s mind, body and spirit. Like other types of mindfulness-based therapy, integral therapy is designed to help a client’s attention focus on the present moment and achieve clarity. Integral therapists use multiple approaches to addresses issues and encourage self-awareness and self-acceptance in clients.

— Jeremy Jones, Licensed Professional Counselor in Rio Rancho, NM

Grief Counseling consists of 50-minute, one-on-one sessions that help you work through your concerns. In addition to listening, I will share thoughts when it's helpful and provide guidance based on my training and experience as a grief counselor.

— Dawn Daabul, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Rafael, CA
 

I'm an integral therapist, and I believe because we are a whole organism with many data points and infinite relationship to the world around us, that our healing, improvements, and growth also come from the many strands of life around us. To that end, I bring together psychological approaches, sociological data, and human-centered care to provide a holistic, unique form of service.

— Andrew Amick, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Valley Village, CA

I studied integral theory for over a decade and it informs how I perceive and think about what takes place in the therapy room. I am always taking into consideration the whole being, various states, stages, and lines of consciousness development, the cognitive, the energetic, the emotional, the spiritual, and the greater systems that we are all a part of. In my view, integral theory is a large piece of the puzzle when it comes to truly holistic psychotherapy.

— Kevin Stansbury, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Burbank, CA
 

Integral psychotherapy proposes that all insights on life contain partial truths and that weaving together a range of cultural, psychological, socioeconomic, biological, spiritual, and behavioral perspectives can offer hope for healing, increased mindfulness, and social and cultural evolution. Integral approach draws from several theoretical orientations, leaning heavily on theories of transpersonal psychology. An integral approach embraces an attitude towards that affirms the inherent value of each individual. It is a unifying psychotherapy that responds appropriately and effectively to the person at the affective, behavioral, cognitive, and physiological levels of functioning, and addresses as well the spiritual dimension of life. Integral refers to the process of integrating the personality: taking disowned, unaware, or unresolved aspects of the self and making them part of a cohesive self. It is the process of making whole.

— Sarwang Parikh, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA