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Two New Psychotherapy Studies

Back to the Future?

PLAKUN, ERIC M., MD

Journal of Psychiatric Practice®: January 2018 - Volume 24 - Issue 1 - p 45–47
doi: 10.1097/PRA.0000000000000276
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This column reviews 2 recent high-quality psychotherapy research studies. One study by Steinert and colleagues suggests that psychodynamic therapy is equivalent to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) (or medication when this was the comparator) for a range of disorders. A second study by Barlow and colleagues finds Unified Protocol CBT targeting underlying emotional dysregulation to be equivalent to single disorder-specific CBT for a range of anxiety disorders. Taken together, these studies help bridge the gap between CBT and psychodynamic therapy and refocus us on the realities of clinical settings, where most patients present with multiple comorbid disorders.

PLAKUN: Associate Medical Director, Director of Biopsychosocial Advocacy, Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge, MA, and Leader, American Psychiatric Association Psychotherapy Caucus, Arlington, VA

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

Please send correspondence to: Eric M. Plakun, MD, Austen Riggs Center, 25 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA 01262(e-mail: eric.plakun@austenriggs.net).

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