Long, detailed article in the popular press questioning CBT and and praising psychoanalysis

An article published in the The Guardian, “Therapy wars: the revenge of Freud,” has created a buzz on some national professional listservs. It is part of this newspaper’s “long read” series, and it is indeed a long and thorough article.  It covers a set of complex issues in detail. It summaries how CBT became the dominant mental health treatment modality, emerging criticisms of CBT, including research that questions its long term effectiveness, and emerging research in support of the long term effectiveness of psychoanalysis, or perhaps more realistically for most people, psychoanalytically-informed therapy.  It is very thoroughly researched and well written –as you would expect from a highly reputable source like The Guardian, and is worth the time it takes to read and digest it.

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