Wow, this latest opinion piece by Jonathan Alpert in the NY Times is controversial. To say this article is provocative would be an understatement. A lot of what Mr. Alpert writes disregards years of theory and research about the effectiveness of psychotherapy. Just last year I posted an entry from Jonathan Shedler entitled, “The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy” which debunks much of what Mr. Alpert is postulating regarding long-term therapy. It concerns me that someone in our field would be closed minded to the various ways in which we help our clients and suggest that his method is the best way forward. I know from experience that clients are unique and that one approach does not fit all. I agree with Mr. Alpert on one point and that is if you are unhappy with your therapist then you should try someone different. With that being said, If you are happy with your current therapist and your results then you should continue working with him or her regardless of the method or approach. Below is a link to the Alpert article. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/opinion/sunday/in-therapy-forever-enough-already.html?_r=1
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