May 29, 2013
There have been many studies that have demonstrated the positive effects of psychotherapy. A new study was just published in PLoS Medicine that looked at seven different types of psychotherapeutic intervention. The study essentially showed that there was no significant difference between the different types of psychotherapy, but that all approaches seemed to benefit depressed patients, particularly those with mild to moderate depression. Health Day summarized the article saying, “Various forms of “talk therapy” can help people with depression, but no single type stands out as better than the rest, according to a new analysis. Experts said the results confirm what is generally thought: Psychotherapy can help lift depression, and there is no one form that is best for everyone. Instead, a person’s therapy choice may come down to the nature of the depression, and practical matters — like finding a therapist you’re comfortable with, and being able to pay.”
February 5, 2011
Last year a great article was published in the American Psychologist touting the benefits of psychodynamic psychotherapy. Proponents of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) have always done an amazing job of demonstrating the positive outcomes associated with CBT, but psychodynamically oriented therapists and researchers have traditionally not done as well at showing how this more traditional mode of therapy benefits patients. What I really like about this article is that it offers a really nice explanation of how psychodynamic psychotherapy works.