Psychodynamic psychotherapy: Developing the evidence base

Yakeley, Jessica (2014) Psychodynamic psychotherapy: Developing the evidence base. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, 20 (4). pp. 269-279. ISSN Online ISSN 1472-1481; Print ISSN 1355-5146

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Psychodynamic psychotherapy has been criticised as being based on outdated principles of psychoanalysis and lacking an adequate evidence base to convincingly demonstrate its efficacy. This article summarises the recent evidence from high-quality outcome studies to show that psychodynamic psychotherapy is as effective in the treatment of a range of mental disorders as other psychological treatment modalities such as cognitive–behavioural therapy, as well as reviewing process–outcome research aiming to elucidate mechanisms of therapeutic change. A paradigm for psychodynamic psychotherapy research based on attachment theory is introduced, which may inform the development of psychodynamic therapeutic modalities tailored for specific conditions.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Psychological Therapies, Psychiatry, Counselling > Psychoanalysis
Psychological Therapies, Psychiatry, Counselling > Psychodynamics
Department/People: Adult and Forensic Services

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