PSY 337 ASSIGNMENT Integrated Perspective



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1 Chelsea Bruch Integrated Perspectives Midway University, Psychology Department Professor Antares ON TIME
2 Without the use of syncretism, I tend to harmonize three counseling approaches for a client with a history of interpersonal problems and alcohol abuse. “It is now an established and respected movement that is based on combining the best of differing orientations so that more complete theoretical orientations.” (Corey, 2021. p. 428). Psychotherapeutic integration is a proposal to fuse a combination of approaches together to best aid in the attempt to help a client. It is sensible that a multitude of practices and approaches most often will be the only way to help and hopefully cure an ill individual. “An integrative approach provides a general framework that enables practitioners to make sense of the many aspects of the therapy process and provides a map giving direction to what practitioners do and say.” (Corey, 2019: 2021 p. 431.) I would use the common factors approach because it contains supportive and empathetic listening, positivity in their outcomes, and self-reflection which continues outside of the office. Of the basic philosophies, I would use cognitive behavior therapy with a client dealing with interpersonal issues because people begin to amalgamate defective beliefs and ideas thus leading to emotional instabilities and turmoil. Cognitions, meaning, perceptions, reasoning, awareness, thoughts, and intuitions are the sole factors that determine how one behaves and feels. This therapy is essential in changing one’s thought process, and school of thought, and developing coping strategies is essential in an individual who struggles with alcohol abuse which may prevent a relapse. Another aspect I would incorporate would include AA meetings, obtaining a sponsor, and following the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. This goes along with Family systems therapy, which provides a support group full of people with the same ailment making my client feel accepted and involved in something other than themselves. Also, accountability is a massive component of AA. The
3 third factor I would likely involve is the power of one’s spirituality. Having and believing in a higher power is Step Two of the Twelve Steps. “Survey data from members of both the American Psychological Association and the American Counseling Association indicate that spiritual and religious matters are therapeutically relevant, ethically appropriate, and potentially significant topics for the practice of counseling in secular settings.” (Corey, 2021. p. 436). If paired with a psychiatrist I would express the addition of Antabuse which would be a huge help in the prevention of relapse. Multiculturalism urges people to relate more to their own culture which includes spirituality and religion. Spirituality can be a massive sense of security in a crisis as well for those with depression or a sense of worthlessness. “It is essential for counselors to be aware of and understand their spiritual or religious attitudes, beliefs, values, and experiences if they expect to facilitate an exploration of these issues with clients… Because spiritual and therapeutic paths converge in some ways, integration is possible, and dealing with a client's spirituality will often enhance the therapy process.” (Corey, 2021. p. 436). Many different themes come into account involving therapy and spirituality. Some include caring for others, having a more loving nature, having more compassion to listen and learn about others, and helping challenge the client’s assumptions about their imperfections. Having a perspective on one's own spiritual beliefs and the knowledge they've gained in counseling begs questions about one's identity and purpose thus promoting growth and healing. The integrative approach in counseling provides a range of benefits to clients, making it a popular and effective approach to therapy. It combines various theoretical and practical approaches to therapy which offer several benefits to clients. It offers comprehensive treatment, flexibility in tailoring specific sessions to meet the individual's needs and personalized therapy so
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