Our expert says:
I don't understand your point. There is much good scientific evidence for effectiveness of CBT, showing LASTING benefits, at least comparable to the benefits of the commonly used drugs, and with relatively brief therapy. I haven't been able to find anything like comparable evidence that any other form of therapy has comparable benefits. But I'd be delighted to look at such evidence if you'd care to provide it.
<br/>Now I'm bothered by your use of weasel words when you refer to "traditional therapy" - what on earth is that ? I suspect you are referring to psychoanalysis and related therapies, which are by no means "traditional", and are understandably not used by the vast majority of properly trained psychiatrists and psychologists. After so many decades, there is still no good evidence that analytic methods work, and as usually practised they take forever, and cost a fortune as well
Unlike analysts, who behave more like members of a religious cult than scientists, I am unable to recommend useless therapies. And when I hear of someone with symptoms that could probably be cleared up in months by modern methods, who has spent many years in analysis, it makes me honorably angry.
I have had no personal bad experiences with such therapies, but have helped so many refugees from such therapy who have had so many bad experiences with it, that I have formed my views based on science, on clinical experience, and on applying academic standards to the literature of those fields.
And when you say, somewhat patronizingly, "As a fellow shrink, I really think you ought to take a broader view of your customers or they might improve fast but then they'll be back a year or two later. maybe that's what you''re after! "
You are at it again, and cynical to boot. There is absolutely no evidence whatever that analysis ( which must be what you're referring to, as its the only method I regularly slate other than hypnosis when given as sole therapy by people who are not qualified shrinks ) has ANY lasting benefits.
One really has to distinguish between the CLAIMS made by a therapist, and what good quality research can actually demonstrate. I am most exactly NOT after recommending methods which will lead people either into everlasting therapy, or repeated returns for patching up therapy.
And what is in the faintest sense "broader" about psychoanalysis than CBT or similar forms of modern therapy ?
And sadly, D sounds like she is still speaking like a cult member, devoted to a method that has demonstrably failed her.
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