Chapter 4. Applications of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy to Specific DisordersEfficacy and Indications

Falk Leichsenring, D.Sc.
DOI: 10.1176/appi.books.9781585623648.367249



Empirical outcome research is needed in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic therapy (Gunderson and Gabbard 1999). In this chapter, I review the available evidence for both short-term and long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy (STPP and LTPP). In the first part, I discuss the procedures of evidence-based medicine and empirically supported treatments with regard to their applicability to psychotherapy. I then review the available randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of short-term and moderate-length psychodynamic psychotherapy in specific mental disorders. Because the methodology of RCTs is difficult to apply to LTPP, I close the chapter by reviewing the quasi-experimental effectiveness studies of LTPP.

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Table 4–1. Randomized controlled studies of psychodynamic psychotherapy (PP) in specific psychiatric disorders


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