Depth Psychotherapy Heals
The research paper that I have linked to below is both striking and very important. It provides strong empirical evidence of the effectiveness of “psychodynamic case studies”. That’s a technical term for those forms of case studies, like the Jungian approach, which:
take the unconscious dimension of individuals seriously;
seek to relate to the unconscious in the therapy process;
focus on affect and expression of emotion;
identify recurring themes and patterns; and,
consider past experience.
In this study, Shedler’s “Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy”, evidence shows psychodynamic therapies to have a treatment effect as large as those reported for other therapies whose proponents stridently proclaim them to be “empirically supported” and “evidence based.” What is particularly noteworthy, though, is that people who receive psychodynamic therapy maintain therapeutic gains and appear to continue to improve after treatment ends. The study also tends to indicate that non-psychodynamic therapies may be effective in part because the practitioners who are the most skilled at using those methods bring techniques into their practice that essentially originated in the theory and practice of psychodynamic case studies. The researcher makes it clear that any perception that psychodynamic approaches lack empirical support “does not accord with available scientific evidence.”
These results, while not entirely new, are very striking. They are worthy of very careful consideration by the therapeutic profession as a whole.
I’d gratefully welcome your comments and reflections on any of your experiences with Jungian or other forms of depth psychology.
My very best wishes to you on your individual journey to wholeness,
Brian Collinson, Psychotherapist & Jungian Analyst
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