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.