What I’m currently reading – Jonathan Shedler

I recently discovered the writing of Jonathan Shedler, PhD.  He’s a psychologist who spends a good deal of his time teaching other clinicians.  He also teaches in the Psychiatry Department at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  I have found in my own work in the big time hospital setting that any non-psychiatrist who teaches psychiatrists, is probably pretty good at his or her job.

I am reading through is 2010 article for American Psychologist entitled “The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.”  What I like so far is how Shedler points out right away the misnomer that a psychodynamic treatment model is ineffective.  Much of my training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) over the past few years has only confirmed in my practice what I believe Dr. Shedler is saying in this article about psychodynamic therapy.  I believe that a modern approache like EFT are so effective (70% to 90% success and improvement in research studies) in part because it draws from 200 or so years of psychodynamic wisdom from Sigmund Freud to John Bowlby and now Sue Johnson.

I encourage you to check out some of Jonathan Shedler’s scholarly writing on his own site or through his blog via Psychology Today.  I plan to post more thoughts of my own as I read through his work.