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The Future of Psychotherapy in Turkey: Predictions for the Next 10 Years

Yorulmaz, Orçun, PhD*; Sapmaz-Yurtsever, Seda, MSc; Gökdağ, Ceren, MSc; Kaçar-Başaran, Servet, MSc; Göcek-Yorulmaz, Ezgi, MSc; Yalçin, Melikenaz, MSc; Tokgünaydin-Aritürk, Seda, MSc§; Erdoğan-Yildirim, Zeynep, MSc; Olgun-Kaval, Nesibe, MSc; Görgü-Akçay, Nimet, Serap, MSc

The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease: May 2018 - Volume 206 - Issue 5 - p 332–339
doi: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000000797
Original Articles

Making realistic predictions about the future is important in clinical psychology as in many other disciplines. This opinion survey aimed to examine clinical psychologists' predictions for the next 10 years regarding the status of psychotherapy in Turkey in two stages, with 107 participants in one and 69 in the other. The results revealed that the techniques predicted to increase the most in the next decade were the use of eclectic therapy, mindfulness therapy, solution-focused therapy, system/family approaches, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Among the therapeutic interventions expected to increase in popularity were Internet-based programs, smartphone applications, and problem solving. In terms of type of psychotherapists, family counselors with certificate/graduate degrees and Internet-based treatment programs were expected to become more common, whereas it was considered that shorter treatment formats and crisis intervention approaches would be preferred. In sum, the present findings provide a current overview for Turkey and a comparison with other literature findings.

*Department of Psychology, Faculty of Letters, Dokuz Eylul University; †Department of Psychology, Faculty of Literature, Ege University, Izmir; ‡Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science and Letters, Pamukkale University, Denizli; and §Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Izmir Katip Çelebi University, Izmir, Turkey.

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