Development and Importance of Theoretical Orientation in Psychotherapy

In the field of psychotherapy, there remains an information gap around the development and importance of theoretical orientation that spans from the general public to healthcare professionals to mental health professionals themselves. With better understanding of theoretical orientation, patients are better able to be proactive in their care and seek out the best suited psychotherapist not only for their presenting concern, but for their personal temperament. Being rooted in a personal theoretical orientation that aligns with personal values, experiences, beliefs and education also benefits the psychotherapist in numerous ways, including providing a professional framework for intentional counseling. When a patient is aligned with an appropriate therapist, their treatment outcomes are greatly increased. In an effort to bridge this information gap, a presentation was given to a team of healthcare professionals at a large healthcare management company. This paper reviews the background of the information gap problem, history and development of theoretical orientation, the presentation itself and future implications for the role theoretical orientation may play in years to come.

Chantelle Hoogland
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