Negative effects in psychotherapy: Commentary and recommendations for future research and clinical practice

Alexander Rozental, Louis Castonguay, Sona Dimidjian, Michael Lambert, Roz Shafran, Gerhard Andersson, Per Carlbring

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Abstract

Background Psychotherapy can alleviate mental distress and improve quality of life, but little is known about its potential negative effects and how to determine their frequency.Aims To present a commentary on the current understanding and future research directions of negative effects in psychotherapy.Method An anonymous survey was distributed to a select group of researchers, using an analytical framework known as strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.Results The researchers perceive an increased awareness of negative effects in psychotherapy in recent years, but also discuss some of the unresolved issues in relation to their definition, assessment and reporting. Qualitative methods and naturalistic designs are regarded as important to pursue, although a number of obstacles to using such methods are identified.Conclusion Negative effects of psychotherapy are multifaceted, warranting careful considerations in order for them to be monitored and reported in research settings and routine care.Declaration of interest None.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-312
Number of pages6
JournalBJPsych Open
Volume4
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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