The Integral Intake
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This article introduces psychotherapists and coaches to the Integral Intake as a tool for assessing clients in an idiographic, non-pathologizing, culturally sensitive, holistic, and balanced manner. Assessing clients with such an approach facilitates tailoring individualized, comprehensive treatment plans appropriate to each unique client. After introducing Integral Theory and Integral Psychotherapy and reviewing previous research on the clinical utility of the Integral Intake, results of a new study are presented. This new study—which is phase one of a larger study—inquires into how integral psychotherapists actually use the Integral Intake to assess their clients and how it im- pacts the therapy they provide; the advantages and disadvantages of using it as well as what they deem its most and least helpful aspects; and what else is needed—that the Integral Intake does not provide—to understand clients and create treatment plans.