`My congratulations to Colin Feltham for assembling a set of contentious issues and lively authors which together made me forget my surroundings' - Person-Centred Practice `Editor Colin Feltham's choice of topics shows an astute, on the ground awareness of the issues that dog the industry, while still making lively reading' - New Therapist In this book, leading practitioners, critics and commentators take sides on many topical and core debates including: · Theoretical issues: Does the unconscious really exist? Is birth trauma a fiction? Should one believe in `false memories'? · Clinical issues: Is ther

It Has Been Amply Demonstrated That Psychotherapy is Effective

It Has Been Amply Demonstrated That Psychotherapy is Effective

It has been amply demonstrated that psychotherapy is effective

Although most researchers have been convinced that the effectiveness of psychotherapy has been firmly established, others argue that research designs are flawed and that no satisfactory evidence yet exists. Psychotherapy is one of the most researched and scrutinized health care procedures ever invented, and this chapter will argue that there is a great deal of evidence indicating that it is effective. This chapter attempts to summarize the debate issue and argues that, from the perspective of scientific inquiry, psychotherapy has shown itself to be an efficacious and effective health care intervention.

A Brief History of Psychotherapy Research

The roots of modern psychotherapy are usually traced to Sigmund Freud, who proposed ...

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