It’s Been Utility All Along: An Alternate Understanding of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and The Depressive Realism Hypothesis

This article by Sahanika Ratnayake has been published in the journal Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology on the Project Muse website. The abstract says: “Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), one of the most popular schools of psychotherapy, associates mental illnesses such as depression,…
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Psychodynamic therapy helped me overcome trauma when CBT couldn’t

This article by Lucia Osborne-Crowley has been published on the Psyche website. It begins: “The first time I saw my therapist, she was standing in front of a room full of people, talking about William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies…
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New Study Finds Depression in Older Adults Could Be Prevented With Sleep Training

This study – “Prevention of Incident and Recurrent Major Depression in Older Adults With Insomnia: A Randomized Clinical Trial” – has been published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. It found that older adults who underwent cognitive therapy for insomnia were 50%…
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CBT: The Cognitive Behavioural Tsunami

This book has been written by Farhad Dalal. The publishers say: “Is CBT all it claims to be? The Cognitive Behavioural Tsunami: Managerialism, Politics, and the Corruptions of Science provides a powerful critique of CBT’s understanding of human suffering, as well as the…
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Point of View: Research or Reality? The Flawed Science of Psychotherapy

This interview with Dr. Jonathan Shedler, published on the Psychotherapy Networker website, is conducted by Ryan Howes. It begins: “Get into grad school. Choose an approach. Make sure it’s evidence based. Build your practice. This formula has been the standard for…
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NHS could give therapy before anti-depressants, under new guidelines

The BBC reports : “People in England with mild depression should first be offered behavioural therapy or group exercise instead of medication, according to new advice. The clinical watchdog [the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)] also recommends mindfulness and meditation…
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Exploring novel approaches to youth mental health

This article by Dr. Lawrence Howells has been published in The Psychologist. It begins: “Three years after qualifying as a clinical psychologist, I found myself facing a significant dilemma. I was asked to speak to college students about youth mental health…
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The Life Scientific: Richard Bentall on the causes of mental ill health

As part of BBC Radio 4’s The Life Scientific series, this 41 minute interview features Prof. Richard Bentall (Professor of Clinical Psychology at Liverpool University). The programme makers say: “For a long time people who heard voices or suffered paranoid delusions were thought…
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