Commentary on How the Field of Psychopathology Can Facilitate Psychotherapy Integration

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Basic research findings on anxiety disorders, depression, and personality disorders can have important implications for intervening therapeutically in a comprehensive and integrative way. It is suggested that the information provided in DSM diagnoses offers relatively little guidance to the practicing therapist. Moreover, the available orientation-based treatment manuals for dealing with these disorders have serious limitations, and certainly say little to the therapist who prefers to function in a more integrative way. The promise that research on psychopathology has for integrative therapy rests in its ability to uncover potentially relevant determinants/dynamics associated with various clinical problems, as these can provide the clinician with invaluable information on the issues that need to be dealt with during the intervention process.

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