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What Is Eclectic Therapy?

As its name indicates, eclectic therapy is a therapeutic approach that incorporates a variety of therapeutic principles and philosophies in order to create the ideal treatment program to meet the specific needs of the patient or client.

Instead of insisting upon strict adherence to one particular approach or school of thought, eclectic therapists employ elements from a range of therapeutic techniques, with the goal of establishing a course that is personally tailored to the patient or client.

In a paper that was published on PsychCentral, therapists John M. Grohol, PsyD, described eclectic therapy in the following terms:

Eclectics use techniques … from all schools of therapy. They may have a favorite theory or therapeutic technique that they tend to use more often or fall back on, but they are willing and often use all that are available to them. After all, the key here is to help the patient as quickly and as effectively as possible.

What are the Benefits of Eclectic Therapy?

As indicated above, the primary benefit of eclectic therapy is that the therapy is customized to meet the unique needs of the patient. By personalizing the therapeutic experience in order to best address and respond to the needs of the patient, the eclectic therapist ensures that the most effective therapeutic techniques are integrated into treatment.

What Conditions/Disorders Does Eclectic Therapy Treat?

Any condition that can be treated via any type of therapy is capable of being treated with eclectic therapy. Thus, individuals with addictions, substance abuse disorders, eating disorders, behavior compulsions, mood disorders, and other forms of emotional or psychological issues may be effectively treated by a therapist who embraces the philosophy of eclectic therapy.
by McKayla Arnold