Does psychoanalysis have a valuable place in modern mental health services? Yes

Lemma, Alessandra and Fonagy, Peter (2012) Does psychoanalysis have a valuable place in modern mental health services? Yes. The BMJ (344). ISSN 1756-1833 Full text available

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Psychoanalysis is under greater attack than ever before. An unprecedented decommissioning of psychoanalytic services has taken place across the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (for example, Forest House NHS Psychotherapy Clinic), justified by cost savings. What are the reasons for this attack and what can be said in psychoanalysis’s defence? It has been claimed, perhaps fairly, that psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapies have failed to promote a culture of systematic evaluation and that the outcomes are difficult to measure and demonstrate. Relative to the number of studies on the effectiveness of cognitive behavioural therapy, few adequate studies are available of psychodynamic therapy outcomes. A growing body of studies, however, report that psychodynamic therapy is effective in the treatment of both mild and complex mental health problems.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published 20 February 2012
Subjects: Psychological Therapies, Psychiatry, Counselling > Psychoanalysis
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
Depositing User: Ms Linda Dolben
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2016 13:38
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:38
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/1449

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