Clinical Psychologist: “Psychotherapy Has An Image Problem.”

In an opinion piece in the New York Times (9/30, A25, Gaudiano, Subscription Publication), clinical psychologist Brandon A. Gaudiano, PhD, of Brown University’s Alpert Medical School, contends that “psychotherapy has an image problem.” The way things are now, “the fact that medications have a clearer, better marketed evidence base leads to more reliable insurance coverage than psychotherapy has,” as well as “more prescriptions and fewer referrals to psychotherapy.” Gaudiano also points out that professional psychotherapy organizations need to do more to promote the practice, particularly in light of new, evidence-based psychotherapy practices that have proven to be most effective. Gaudiano points out that the American Psychiatric Association has been the publisher of psychotherapy practice guidelines for about 20 years, making recommendations for appropriate treatments for particular circumstances.

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— “Psychotherapy’s Image Problem, “Brandon Gaudiano, The New York Times, September 29, 2013.

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