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Effective Psychotherapy and Effective Psychotherapists

WithDenise P. Charman

Psychotherapy is one of the most extensively researched treatments for mental disorders. When compared to no treatment or psychopharmacology, patient reports and comparative studies have demonstrated that psychotherapy is, in general, effective, efficient, and lasting (Asay & Lambert, 1999; Seligman, 1995). Researchers have also compared psychotherapy treatments hoping to find the most efficacious ones-a laudable undertaking. However, this undertaking has resulted in disenchantment on the part of many practitioners who feel keenly the gulf between research and practice (Talley, Strupp, & Butler, 1994). It is a paradox that efforts to demonstrate the beneficial effects of psychotherapy have led researchers to develop models and methodologies that are far removed from psychotherapy processes and practices.