Evidence-based practices (EBPs) in psychotherapy were originally designed to inspire critical thinking among practitioners and to improve client outcomes. However, the emergence of EBPs has also exacerbated the perception of opposition between differing modalities, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic therapy. Using a hermeneutic methodology, this study explores the evolution of psychotherapy, particularly how new theories have arisen in order to address perceived weaknesses in existing approaches. Each theory offers valuable contributions regarding ways to alleviate suffering and increase vitality, yet theoretical differences can create the illusion of opposition. In exploring Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)—a third wave behavioral approach—this study examines the ways in which the six core ACT processes are grounded in behaviorism and align well with depth psychology. ACT offers a balance between a scientific, evidence-based approach and an approach connected to the heart and soul of both client and therapist.
|Commitee:||Jacobson, Gioia, Jacobson, Gioia|
|School:||Pacifica Graduate Institute|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 81/9(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Psychology, Behavioral psychology, Cognitive psychology|
|Keywords:||Acceptance and commitment therapy, Cognitive behavioral therapy, Depth psychology, Evidence based psychotherapy, Evolution of psychotherapy, Psychodynamic therapy|
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