DOES THERAPY WORK?

The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) states that "psychoanalytic psychotherapy provides an effective treatment for a range of psychological difficulties, both as a treatment in its own right and as an adjunct to other forms of treatment."

Research supporting the effectiveness of psychoanalytic therapy can be found in the booklet "Making Sense of Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis" available on the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) website.

For further research into the effectiveness of psychoanalytic psychotherapy please see:

  • Adult depression study (TADS)
  • Psychotherapy Evaluation Research Unit (PERU)
  • Mentalization-based treatment for borderline personality disorder
  • Improving Mood with Psychoanalytic and Cognitive Therapies 

"The evidence indicates that the benefits of psychodynamic treatment are lasting and not just transitory and appear to extend well beyond symptom remission. For many people, psychoanalytic therapy may foster inner resources and capacities that allow richer, freer, and more fulfilling lives." 

The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy by Jonathan Shedler (2010)