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17 Pages

Psychotherapy and Scientism

WithBrent D. Slife, Eric A. Ghelfi, Sheilagh T. Fox

The ‘troubled relationship’ between psychotherapists and psychotherapy researchers has been well documented. Psychotherapists rarely rely on the studies that psychotherapy researchers intend for their benefit. The authors of this chapter contend that at least part of the reason for this disconnect between practitioners and investigators is the scientism of much of the research literature. This chapter first clarifies the main themes of scientism and then shows the prominence of these themes not only in psychotherapy research but also in psychotherapist dissatisfaction. Lastly, a thoroughgoing methodological pluralism is outlined as a nonscientistic framework for psychotherapy research.