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Jonathan Shedler Ph.D.
Psychology should not be more like medicine. Psychology should be like psychology.
Therapist and patient may have the illusion that they have completed therapy when real therapy never even started.
Saying anxiety is caused by generalized anxiety disorder makes as much sense as saying anxiety is caused by anxiety.
It takes more than 20 sessions, or about six months of weekly therapy, before therapy patients start to improve.
Beware of therapists who are too identified with a therapy “brand.” They have already decided how to treat you before they have met you, let alone understand you.
Some therapists have no idea what a "therapeutic alliance" means
Why do people become dependent on drugs that are no more effective than sugar pills?
Therapists don't need voice mail messages that demean their patients.
Robin Williams’s suicide was no surprise. Both the source of his genius and the source of his depression had been on display all along.
Sometimes people think they have completed psychotherapy when they never even started.
Claims that “evidence-based” therapy is more effective than real-world therapy lack scientific basis. Academic researchers are selling a myth.
In the first half of the 20th century, American psychiatry was virtually ‘brainless’… In the second half of the 20th century, psychiatry became virtually ‘mindless.’
The fundamental premise of DSM-5—that mental health conditions can be classified meaningfully on the basis of overt symptoms—is flat out wrong.
Something would be seriously amiss if experienced clinicians practiced like beginners, following an instruction manual like a consumer trying to assemble an appliance.
One of the most helpful things about our struggling students is that in their moments of concreteness, they hold up a mirror to the hypocrisies in our field. The mental health professions are guilty of pervasive doublethink.
Jonathan Shedler, PhD, is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.