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Psychotherapeutic interventions and contemporary developments: common and specific factors

  • William Burbridge-James and Maciej Iwanowicz

Summary

In this article we start with the effectiveness paradox between different psychotherapeutic modalities, considering common factors, before moving on to give a brief overview of the three main psychotherapeutic approaches – psychoanalytic, cognitive–behavioural and humanistic – and their developments. We conclude that it is the therapeutic relationship – considered in the context of the above – that is core to all therapeutic engagement, medical or otherwise.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Refresh knowledge of three main psychotherapies
  • Understand the equivalence paradox: common and specific factors
  • Understand the development of contemporary psychotherapeutic approaches

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Correspondence Dr William Burbridge-James, The Taylor Centre, Warrior House, 42–82 Southchurch Road, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2LZ, UK. Email: william.burbridge-james@eput.nhs.uk

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