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, 66 (2), 147-8; discussion 152-4

Methods and Mechanisms in the Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy


Methods and Mechanisms in the Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Dean McKay. Am Psychol.


Comments on the original article, "The efficacy of psychodynamic psychotherapy," by J. Shedler (see record 2010-02208-012). Shedler summarized a large body of research that shows psychodynamic therapy to have a substantial effect size, comparable to that for many empirically supported treatments. This is an important finding, in part refuting the concerns raised by Bornstein (2001, 2002) regarding the future of psychodynamic approaches had there been no substantial changes in how practitioners and researchers approached the science to demonstrate efficacy. Further, Shedler showed that the efficacy of psychoanalytic psychotherapy is due to therapeutic methods commonly employed in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), one of the most frequently cited empirically supported approaches for a wide range of psychological conditions. From a methodological perspective, there are some important limitations to the claim of psychodynamic psychotherapy's comparable efficacy to other empirically supported approaches.

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  • The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
    J Shedler. Am Psychol 65 (2), 98-109. PMID 20141265. - Review
    Empirical evidence supports the efficacy of psychodynamic therapy. Effect sizes for psychodynamic therapy are as large as those reported for other therapies that have bee …

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