The below bibliography is a list of references and research on evidence-based psychodynamic psychotherapy that is dynamically generated from my personal library as it continues to grow. Here are “three simple things to do, starting today, that will help you sift truth from hyperbole” in your decision-making about real-world psychological help (Shedler, 2015, p. 58):
When somebody makes a claim for the benefit of a treatment, any treatment, follow these three simple steps:Step 1: say, “Show me the study.” Give me a reference, a citation, a PDF. Put the study into my hands. Sometimes it does not exist.
Step 2: if the study does exist, read it—especially the fine print.
Step 3: draw your own conclusion. Ask yourself: do the actual methods and findings of this study justify the claim I just heard?If you make a practice of following these steps, you may make some shocking discoveries.”
Dr. Mark Ettensohn, a Licensed Psychologist in nearby Sacramento, CA, provides an accessible summary of the effectiveness of psychodynamic psychotherapy based on a literature review of over 200 studies providing evidence supporting the effectiveness and efficacy of psychodynamic psychotherapy .