Questions on the Couch

Researchers spar over how best to evaluate psychotherapy

By Bruce Bower, 15:53 PM April 15, 2008

These are the times that try psychotherapists' souls. Federal and state mental-health budget cuts have reduced the number of people who can afford one-on-one psychotherapy sessions to address their problems. Managed care companies demand to see proof that various psychological treatments work, and even then, they reimburse the cost of 2 or 3 months of psychotherapy at most. Meanwhile, in slick television commercials and in the pages of magazines, pharmaceutical firms tout pills for depressio...

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