Are all psychological therapies equally effective?

The Guardian-Science-Psychology- Blog Notes and Theories 23 January 2014

When it comes to psychotherapy techniques, there are winners and losers – contrary to what the dodo told Alice. Illustration: John Tenniel/The Bodleian Library

When it comes to psychotherapy techniques, there are winners and losers – contrary to what the dodo told Alice. Illustration: John Tenniel/The Bodleian Library

“…Are some types of psychotherapy really more effective than others for particular conditions? There is plentiful data to suggest that the answer to that question … is “yes”. But that data tends to come from research conducted by proponents of the ostensibly superior therapy, leaving sceptics to conclude that their conclusions are not impartial…This makes the results of a study of treatments for the eating disorder bulimia nervosa, published this month in the American Journal of Psychiatry, all the more convincing…”

Daniel Freeman is a professor of clinical psychology and a Medical Research Council senior clinical fellow in the department of psychiatry, University of Oxford. Jason Freeman is a psychology writer. On Twitter they are @ProfDFreeman and @JasonFreeman100. They are the authors of The Stressed Sex: Uncovering the Truth about Men, Women, and Mental Health

Click here to read the whole post and find out why this study bears more credibility than others as well as a brief explanation of how Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is currently obtaining positive results in the treatment of bulimia. With the contribution of hypnosis, the use of Cognitive behavioural Hypnotherapy is possible. The principles presented by CBT can then be rehearsed in a hypnotic state and this may make them able to sink into our subconscious mind in an quick and effective way.

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About Anna Pons

Certificat (CPPD), Post Graduat Certificat (PGCert) i Post Graduat Diploma (PGD) en Hipnoteràpia Clínica, London College of Clinical Hypnosis (LCCH) i Universitat de West London (UWL)
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