This book produces evidence for the research effectiveness of therapies and makes the moral case for bringing together human psychological welfare needs and the expanding number of skilled, ethically sensitive people ready to listen and respond in the most deeply human and needed way.

The Clinical Effectiveness of Psychotherapy

The Clinical Effectiveness of Psychotherapy

The clinical effectiveness of psychotherapy
Stephen M.Saunders

In 1952, Hans Eysenck published a study of the effects of psychotherapy and concluded that there were none. He reviewed 24 studies in which people undergoing psychotherapy were contrasted to people not. He concluded that there was ‘an inverse correlation between recovery and psychotherapy; the more psychotherapy, the smaller the recovery rate’ (1952: 322). Eysenck concluded that what appeared to be an effect of psychotherapy was simply spontaneous remission: over time, people experiencing mental health problems get better on their own. Being in therapy was merely coincidental to this recovery.

Eysenck was both right and wrong. He was entirely correct to insist that the question of the effectiveness of psychotherapy must be addressed using scientific methods. ...

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