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Re: Psychotherapy sites

Posted by Adam on November 10, 1999, at 17:35:31

In reply to Re: Psychotherapy sites, posted by Elizabeth on November 10, 1999, at 16:01:18


Perhaps this is best continued in another thread, but I'll pose the question here: What have been the benefits you have derived
from psychodymanic therapy? I don't want to start an ideological turf war here. For myself, I found psychodynamic therapy of no
help whatsoever, but that may be because A) I had a poor therapist and B) the nature of my illness (comorbid depression and
anxiety disorder) indicated something else. At any rate, I'm interested still in this approach, and would welcome the insight
you and others who have found it helpful could give.

I have personally found all forms of therapy that I have tried lacking in some respect or another,
and have been intrigued by an integrative form of therapy called (I hate this name) Lifetrap Therapy, which is founded on the
principles of Beck, but takes into account the refractory nature of some disorders (involving "schemas") and borrows heavily from
other kinds of therapy when appropriate. The need for psychopharmacological interventions, also when appropriate, is readily
acknowledged (their theory of depression and personality disorders involves the interaction of biology and environment.) It is,
to be sure, heavily weighted toward addressing environmental causes. For those who do not feel childhood traumas or destructive
patterns of behavior characterize their depression, this form of therapy may not be for you.

A developer of this branch of psychotherapy has a web page:

I'm not overly fond of the page itself, but it is the only one I know of with any real content about this approach.

> > Some talk therapy, a lot of searching around for possible causative traumatic incidents. Meds just gave me intolerable side effects. I was also influence by a site on a psychological theory of depression and schizophrenia (
> What kinds of talk therapy have you tried? There are many variations. Different therapists will have different biases. I went through the supposedly "proven" therapies (cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal) and eventually found that old-fashioned psychodynamic therapy really is the best thing for me.
> You said meds gave you intolerable side effects. Which meds did you try, and at what doses? There are many different kinds, and rarely is an individual unable to tolerate *all* of them.
> Regarding the web site you pointed to: I would caution you to avoid psychologists who advocate forming conclusions about the "cause" of mental diseases while remaining ignorant of their biology (or, indeed, who claim there is any single causative factor).




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