Are psychodynamic and psychoanalytic therapies effective? A review of empirical data

  title={Are psychodynamic and psychoanalytic therapies effective? A review of empirical data},
  author={Falk Leichsenring},
  journal={The International Journal of Psychoanalysis},
  pages={841 - 868}
  • F. Leichsenring
  • Published 1 June 2005
  • Psychology
  • The International Journal of Psychoanalysis
There is a need for empirical outcome research in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic therapy. However, both the approach of empirically supported therapies (EST) and the procedures of evidence‐based medicine (EBM) have severe limitations making randomised controlled trials (RCTs) an absolute standard. After a critical discussion of this approach, the author reviews the empirical evidence for the efficacy of psychodynamic psychotherapy in specific psychiatric disorders. The review aims to identify… 

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