Eclecticism Redefined

  • Theodore Wasserman
  • Lori Drucker Wasserman


Most therapists acknowledge that they are functionally eclectic in treatment. That is because they adopt a number of differing therapeutic techniques to target the problems they encounter in treatment. Many of these techniques are quite successful in addressing the problems they are selected to address. The problem is that they do not hang together as an integrated whole. The problems they address are considered independent of each other. This state of affairs has been brought about due to the fact that there is not a unifying model of mental health that permits incorporating the various interventions into a logic and scientifically. The most persistent criticism level against the practice of eclecticism is that it completely ignores theory. In addition to ignoring theory there is a de-emphasis on any research basis for the various combinations of combined approaches. NCLT is an integrative model with a striking and profound difference between it and these other models. NCLT posits exactly how and why changes occur and connects those changes to the individual’s neurobiology. NCLT is a model that articulates how change occurs in therapy and as a result can be the basis of a scientifically responsible integration of psychotherapy practice.


Integrative psychotherapy model Eclecticism Memory reconsolidation Therapy Psychotherapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Theodore Wasserman
    • 1
  • Lori Drucker Wasserman
    • 1
  1. 1.Wasserman and Drucker PABoca RatonUSA

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