Beyond Symptom Reduction: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Gets Empirical Backing

This article by José Giovanni Luiggi-Hernández has been published by Mad in America. It begins:

“Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a therapeutic approach that dives deep into a person’s unconscious thoughts and feelings. It doesn’t just aim to ease symptoms but also foster personal growth and self-understanding. Recent research strongly supports its effectiveness in treating common mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, and personality disorders. As a result, it has received a firm endorsement from the research community, solidifying its role as a critical tool in mental health treatment.

A new study recently published in World Psychiatry reinforces this claim. The researchers, led by Falk Leichsenring, based at the University of Giessen in Germany, report that psychodynamic psychotherapy fulfills the rigorous demands of the most recent criteria for empirically supported treatment (EST) for common mental disorders, such as depressive, anxiety, personality, and somatic disorders.

The authors write:

‘The criteria of the new EST model suggest that a “strong” recommendation for PDT in depressive, anxiety, personality, and somatic symptom disorders is most appropriate. This umbrella review suggests that PDT represents evidence‐based psychotherapy for depressive, anxiety, personality, and somatic symptom disorders.‘ …”

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