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Eclectic Therapy

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Updated November 04, 2008

Definition:

Eclectic therapy is a style of therapy that uses techniques drawn from several different schools of thought. At one time, most therapists rigidly adhered to a single style, but today eclectic therapy is the most common. It is a more flexible approach that allows the therapist to adapt to each client’s individual needs.

Some therapists adhere largely to a single orientation, such as psychoanalysis or cognitive-behavioral theory, but use eclectic techniques as needed. Others self-identify as eclectic in orientation, utilizing whichever techniques work best in any given situation.

Either way, it is important that the therapist possesses a solid understanding of each theory for which techniques are being used. Finding a Therapist provides tips on choosing and screening a potential therapist.

Examples:
Joan uses principles of both cognitive theory and psychodynamic approaches in her eclectic therapy practice.
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