The two most common talking therapies in modern mental health treatment are Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Public perception, and indeed, a large part of the medical community, mistakenly believe that CBT is the most effective approach. However, in his article, ‘The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy‘, psychologist and author Jonathan Shedler compares both approaches and shows that Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is not only effective in the acute phase of treatment, but that patients continue to improve in mental well-being long after their treatment has ended.
Shedler begins his article by dispelling the myths and misunderstandings about psychodynamic therapy and then highlights the underlying principles that distinguish psychodynamic treatment from CBT. These are outlined as follows: [Read more…] about How effective is psychodynamic psychotherapy?