Writing in the American Psychologist, Dr. Jonathan Shedler presents the case that empirical evidence supports the efficacy of psychodynamic therapy. Dr. Shedler is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and was formerly Director of Psychology at the University of Colorado Hospital Outpatient Psychiatry Department.
Some key points about the efficacy of psychodynamic psychotherapy
- Empirical evidence supports the efficacy of psychodynamic therapy.
- Effect sizes for psychodynamic therapy are as large as those reported for other therapies that have been
- actively promoted as “empirically supported” and “evidence based.”
- Patients who receive psychodynamic therapy maintain therapeutic gains and appear to continue to improve after treatment ends.
The perception that psychodynamic approaches lack empirical support does not accord with available scientific evidence and may reflect selective dissemination of research findings.
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