John McGowan is joined by Angela Gilchrist, Anne Cooke, Fergal Jones and Rachel Terry to discuss questions related to whether psychotherapy is helpful or not. If it is then what is it helpful for, what are the bits that work and if there is the potential for harm.

 

A transcript of this discussion is available here

 

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Here are some links to things we discussed in this episode

The American Psychological Associations’s introductory pages on Psychotherapy

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/understanding-psychotherapy.aspx

 

Some questions about the long term effectiveness of CBT in particular were raised by Weston and colleagues in 2004

http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.536.6948&rep=rep1&type=pdf

 

Our colleague Tina Hart recently completed a research project on ‘negative change’ in psychotherapy. Links to both parts of this project (a long literature review and a research study) can be found at the following link:

https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/14810/1/Christina_Hart_MRP_2016.pdf

 

A recent piece on our blog by Leigh Emery and Huw Green explored the the spread of  ideas psychological therapies hand how this may dilute effectiveness.  

https://blogs.canterbury.ac.uk/discursive/where-are-the-psycho-sceptics/

 

 

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