I'm a physicist and am interested in exploring taking therapies to help me overcome anxieties and other issues that I have that seem to me to be psychologically founded. Anecdotally, a few people close to me have been in therapy over the years and have strongly advocated its efficacy. However, and equally, someone close to me tried therapy and found it useless. Moreover, as a scientist I am deeply sceptical of psychoanalysis as a theory and therefore quite adverse to contributing to its continuation.

So, are there alternative therapeutic techniques I could consider that have a more objective, scientific grounding? Or, am I simply wrong headed and modern psychoanalysis has evolved to the extent that it can be considered objective and scientific?

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    $\begingroup$ Yes. see psychology.stackexchange.com/questions/4469/… $\endgroup$
    – Fizz
    May 11 '19 at 7:44
  • $\begingroup$ @Fizz - There has been a lot of articles stating that CBT is very effective, and there are articles which have stated that it is not as effective as has been claimed. See psychology.stackexchange.com/a/17325 $\endgroup$ May 11 '19 at 8:09
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  • $\begingroup$ I think this is a duplicate of psychology.stackexchange.com/q/9929/7001 $\endgroup$
    – Arnon Weinberg
    May 11 '19 at 16:26
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    $\begingroup$ Since we are closing this question anyway, I'm going to mark it as a duplicate so that at least future visitors can find a relevant answer. @ChrisRogers I think your comment is equally relevant for the other question, and as I am also skeptical about CBT, I've added a link to your answer there. $\endgroup$
    – Arnon Weinberg
    May 12 '19 at 17:41