An Integral Taxonomy of Therapeutic Interventions
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Given that therapists are confronted with literally hundreds of techniques or interventions to potentially utilize in their clinical practice—and a growing chasm separating research and practice—how do therapists dispel the confusion that so many of us feel as we confront this frag- mented heap of techniques? In short, how do therapists decide which interventions to use with a given client? This question is both epistemological in nature and immediately tied to practice, as epistemologies have concrete clinical consequences. This article classiﬁes nearly 200 therapeutic in- terventions according to the AQAL model of Integral Psychotherapy, followed by a critical discussion of the clinical utility of such a taxonomy. The author ﬁrst presents the need for such a classiﬁcation system and brieﬂy overviews integral theory. The author ends with suggestions for how to use an integral taxonomy of therapeutic interventions with psychotherapy clients, the role and meaning of interventions, an algorithm describing how the interventions were classiﬁed, and a caution against the “tyranny of technique.”