Psychotherapy Outcome Research: A Critical Analysis of Current Trends
The overall effectiveness of psychotherapy has been well documented over the past few decades through a number of empirical studies and meta-analyses. Outcome research has now focused on the overall process of psychotherapy to determine how various interventions affect particular patients. The purpose of this study was to provide a clearer understanding of how psychotherapy functions by analyzing the relationship between the impacts of each session on individuals through a review of dose-response and good-enough level (GEL) studies. The aim of this dissertation was to synthesize the available research on this topic, including the statistical tools and models being used to analyze the data from these studies. In this critical literary analysis, the researcher sought to provide further theoretical understanding of the overall process of psychotherapy. Areas for further development are identified, and directions for future research are provided. Practical and clinical implications are offered to help inform clinical decisions.
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)
Psychotherapy, Clinical psychology