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Integrative Therapy In Chicago, IL

Our Therapeutic Approaches

Selecting a psychotherapist is a significant decision that can profoundly impact the outcome and effectiveness of therapy. One crucial aspect to consider when making this choice is the therapist's approach.

The therapeutic approach represents the fundamental framework, guiding principles, and strategies that a therapist employs in understanding and addressing mental health concerns. It serves as the compass navigating the therapeutic journey and substantially influences the process and its outcomes.

Consistent with our integrative approach, each therapist at IPA brings an assortment of therapeutic approaches that are combined and/or tailored to each client's specific clinical objectives and treatment plan.

Below, we provide a brief description of the majority of approaches utilized at IPA. Some approaches may be more structured and directive while others may emphasize exploration and insight.

By highlighting these differences, we hope to guide you in choosing a therapist that aligns best with your needs and preferences.

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Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

ACT combines mindfulness and acceptance strategies to help individuals embrace their thoughts and feelings while committing to actions aligned with their values, fostering psychological flexibility and promoting meaningful change.


This therapeutic method focuses on identifying and processing points in a person's visual field connected to trauma or emotional activation, aiding in the processing and release of distress.

Brief & Solution-Focused Therapy

This approach concentrates on identifying and developing solutions to specific issues in the present moment, utilizing strengths and resources to achieve rapid and positive change.

Christian & Pastoral Counseling

Integrating Christian principles into therapy, this approach emphasizes spiritual growth, faith-based guidance, and pastoral support as part of the therapeutic process.

Client-centered (Rogerian) Therapy

Creating a supportive, non-judgmental space, this therapy encourages clients to lead discussions, fostering self-discovery, growth, and personal understanding.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT is goal-oriented, helping individuals identify and change negative thought patterns and behaviors, promoting practical coping skills and problem-solving strategies.

Couples Therapy

Aimed at improving communication, resolving conflicts, and strengthening romantic relationships by addressing dynamics between partners.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Combining CBT with mindfulness, DBT emphasizes emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and self-acceptance.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing)

Utilizing bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements or tapping, EMDR helps process traumatic memories and reduce associated distress, facilitating emotional healing.

Emotion-focused Therapy (EFT)

Focused on understanding and regulating emotions, EFT explores underlying emotions to facilitate healing and enhance overall emotional well-being.

Existential-Humanistic Therapies

This integrative approach emphasizes personal growth, self-actualization, and exploring existential concerns, values, and meaning in life, highlighting individual agency and responsibility.

Exposure & Response Prevention Therapy (ERP)

A type of CBT used in anxiety disorders, ERP involves gradually exposing individuals to anxiety-provoking situations and preventing associated compulsive behaviors.

Expressive Arts Therapies (Art, Play, Dance, etc)

Utilizing various creative mediums, these therapies foster self-expression, exploration, and healing.

Family Systems Theory

Viewing the family as an interconnected system, this theory emphasizes understanding family dynamics and interactions.

Family Therapy

Working with families as a unit to address conflicts, improve communication, and enhance relationships among members.

Feminist Therapy

Empowering individuals by addressing societal and cultural influences on mental health, emphasizing equality, empowerment, and challenging traditional gender roles.

Gestalt Therapy

Focused on present experiences, Gestalt emphasizes self-awareness, personal responsibility, and integrating fragmented aspects of oneself into a cohesive whole.

Group Therapy

Conducted in a group setting, it offers a supportive environment for individuals to share experiences, gain insights, and receive feedback while working on personal growth.

Holistic Counseling

This approach addresses the interconnectedness of mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being, integrating traditional talk therapy techniques with holistic principles and practices.

Individual Talk Therapy

One-on-one sessions to explore emotions, thoughts, behaviors, and relationships, aiming to address mental health concerns and promote personal growth.

Internal Family Systems ("parts work")

This therapy identifies and heals different "parts" within an individual's psyche, aiming for integration and harmony.

Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)

Focused on interpersonal relationships, IPT aims to improve communication and relationship patterns contributing to mental health issues.

Marriage & Family Therapy

Specialized therapy addressing issues within marriages and families, emphasizing systemic interactions and relationships.

Motivational Interviewing

A collaborative, goal-oriented approach aiming to evoke intrinsic motivation and commitment to change in individuals.

Narrative Therapy

Focused on an individual's unique life story, this therapy re-authorizes narratives to empower personal strengths and redefine problems.

Prolonged Exposure (PE)

Specifically used for trauma-focused treatment, PE involves exposure to trauma-related stimuli to reduce distress and promote emotional healing.

Psychodynamic & Insight-Oriented Therapy

Explores unconscious thoughts and past experiences to gain insight into present behaviors and emotions, aiming for self-awareness and resolution of inner conflicts.

Relational Therapy

Focused on interpersonal relationships and relational dynamics, aiming to understand and address relational patterns and conflicts.

Strength-Based Therapy

Focusing on strengths, resilience, and resources rather than deficits, aiming to empower individuals for personal growth and healing.


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