You want to know that your patients are in good hands with a psychodynamic therapist. The articles and books below are a sample of the rigorous research conducted to prove that psychodynamic therapy works.

Articles

Research on Outcomes of Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalysis-Derived Psychotherapies

Rolf Sandell, Ph.D.

Textbook of Psychoanalysis, Second Edition, 2012

A reviews of data compiled from studies on the long-term efficacy of Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalysis-Derived
Psychotherapies Short-Term, Psychoanalytically Informed Therapies. Sections include: Short-Term Psychodynamic Therapy With Diagnostically Specific Samples; Short-and Medium-Term Therapies in Samples of Patients With Personality Disorders; Moderate-Length Psychotherapies; Psychoanalysis and Long-Term Psychoanalytically Oriented Psychotherapy; Limitations and Problems of Psychoanalytic Outcome Research

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Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Brings Lasting Benefits through Self-Knowledge

Jonathan K. Shedler, PhD

University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine; American Psychologist, Vol. 65. No.2., 2010

A journal article reporting on the distinctive features of psychodynamic psychotherapy as well as empirical evidence supporting its efficacy.

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Research Shows Psychotherapy Is Effective But Underutilized

American Psychological Association, 2012

A brief article describing the positive effects of psychotherapy.

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Longer-duration Psychotherapy Appears More Beneficial for Treatment of Complex Mental Disorders

Falk Leichsenring, D.Sc., Sven Rabung, Ph.D.

JAMA, 2008

A brief article citing studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggesting that longer-term psychodynamic psychotherapy is effective and superior to shorter-term therapy for patients with complex mental disorders such as personality and chronic mental disorders.

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The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Jonathan Shedler

University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, 2010

A journal article reporting on the distinctive features of psychodynamic psychotherapy as well as empirical evidence supporting its efficacy.

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A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for Panic Disorder

Barbara Milrod, M.D. Andrew C. Leon, Ph.D. et al

Am J Psychiatry, 2007

Evidence as to the efficacy of panic-focused psychodynamic psychotherapy relative to applied relaxation training.

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Study Finds Therapist is Key to Mental Health

Bruce Wampold

Review of "The Great Psychotherapy Debate", 2001

A brief review of the book “The Great Psychotherapy Debate” by Bruce Wampold.

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How Psychotherapy Works

Bruce E. Wampold, PhD

American Psychological Association, 2009

A Q & A interview with Psychologist Bruce E. Wampold, PhD (see above).

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Research Summary on the Therapeutic Relationship and Psychotherapy Outcome

Lambert Michael and Dean E. Barley

Psychotherapy Theory Research & Practice, 2001

Research findings inidciating that the positive relationship between client and therapist correlates more highly with client outcomes than do specialized treatment interventions.

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Does psychotherapy benefit neurotic patients

Andrews G, Harvey R.

Archives of General Psychiatry, 1981

Research findings indicating that behavior and psychodynamic verbal therapies appear to be superior to other therapies in treating clients who experience heightened neurosis.

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A Five-year Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Person-centred Counselling in Routine Clinical Practice in Primary Care

Isabel Gibbard, Terry Hanley

Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 2008

Research findings indicating that that person-centred counselling is effective for clients with common mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression.

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Integrating Mindfulness as Self-Care into Counselling and Psychotherapy Training

John Chambers Christopher, Judy A. Maris

Counselling and Psychotherapy Training, 2010

Qualtiive reasearch findings as to the incorporation of mindfulness practices in the training of counsellors and psychotherapists, for use as self-care.

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Person-Centred Therapy With a Client Experiencing Social Anxiety Difficulties: a Hermeneutic Single Case Efficacy Design

Susan Stephen, Robert Elliott, Rachel Macleod

Counselling and Psychotherapy Research
Linking research with practice Volume 11, Issue 1, 2011

An article examining how the efficacy of Person-Centred Therapy (PCT) with clients experiencing social anxiety difficulties can be measured.

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Systematic Case Study Research: a Practice-Oriented Introduction to Building an Evidence Base for Counselling and Psychotherapy

John McLeod, Robert Elliott

Counselling and Psychotherapy Research
Linking research with practice Volume 11, Issue 1, 2011

This paper provides an overview of the characteristics of rigorous case study research, introduces a set of studies that exemplify these principles, and reviews the relevance of systematic case study inquiry for policy, practice and training.

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Inside the Experience of Anorexia Nervosa: a Narrative Thematic Analysis

James Alistair Ross, Charlotte Green

Counselling and Psychotherapy Research
Linking research with practice Volume 11, Issue 2, 2011

Research findings indicating the importance of the therapeutic relationship and suggesting that psychodynamic and attachment theories should be used to inform overall treatment models for women with anorexia nervosa.

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The Effectiveness of Workplace Counselling: a Systematic Review

John McLeod

Counselling and Psychotherapy Research
Volume 10, Issue 4, pages 238–248, 2010

Research findings on the benefits of workplace counselling. Findings are analysed in terms of client satisfaction, psychological functioning, the meaning of work, work behaviour, and negative outcomes.

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Counsellors' Perspectives on Self-Harm and the Role of the Therapeutic Relationship for Working with Clients who Self-Harm

Maggie Long, Mary Jenkins

Counselling and Psychotherapy Research: Linking research with practice, Volume 10, Issue 3, 2010

An article exploring counsellors' experiences of and ideas about self-harm, and to develop understanding of relational depth when working with clients who self-harm.

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Early Relationship Struggles: a Case Study of Alliance Formation and Reparation

Marit Råbu, Margrethe Seeger Halvorsen, Hanne Haavind

Counselling and Psychotherapy Research: Linking research with practice, Volume 11, Issue 1
Special Issue: The Contribution of Systematic Case Study Research to Building an Evidence Base for Counselling and Psychotherapy

An article that explores this reparation process between client and therapist who experienced a poor alliance for an extended period early in the therapuetic process.

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Narrative Case Study Research: on Endings and Six Session Reviews

Kim Etherington, Nell Bridges

Counselling and Psychotherapy Research: Linking research with practice, Volume 11, Issue 1
Special Issue: The Contribution of Systematic Case Study Research to Building an Evidence Base for Counselling and Psychotherapy, 2011

An in-depth, narrative inquiry into ex-clients' experiences of counselling and the follow-up review process.

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Books

The Benefits of Psychotherapy Chapter name: Implications for psychotherapy practice, training and research

Mary Lee Smith, Gene V. Glass, Thomas I. Miller

John Hopkins University Press, 1980

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Handbook of Evidence-Based Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Bridging the Gap Between Science and Practice

by G.O. Gabbard (Foreword), Raymond A. Levy (Editor), J. Stuart Ablon (Editor)

Springer, 2009

Brings together a panel of distinguished clinician-researchers who published findings suggest that psychodynamic psychotherapy is an effective treatment for many common psychological problems.

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Evidence Based Counselling and Psychological Therapies

Edited by Nancy Rowland, Stephen Goss

Routledge, 2000

A range of contributors provide an overview of evidence-based health care and the research methods that underpin it, demonstrating its effect on policy, provision, practitioners and patients.

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The Great Psychotherapy Debate The Evidence for What Makes Psychotherapy Work, 2nd Edition

Bruce E. Wampold, Zac E. Imel

Routledge, 2015

The 2nd edition of this book, first published in 2001, has been expanded to include a history of healing practices, medicine, and psychotherapy, an examination of therapist effects, and a thorough review of the research on common factors such as the alliance, expectations, and empathy.

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