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Why is almost all therapy done as one-hour sessions weekly?

Q1 — Your Main Question — Why is almost all therapy done as one-hour sessions weekly? The studies Two studies attempted to observe the effects of session frequency in routine practice of ...
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Is it dangerous to take an antipsychotic drug irregularly?

Haldol (haloperidol) is mainly known for its antipsychotic properties to treat schizophrenia. It's an aged antipsychotic with a lot of side effects. Because of this, haloperidol is nowadays mostly ...
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Evidence for this tapping therapy - EFT (Emotional freedom technique)

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is part of the energy psychology movement which draws on various forms of alternative medicine to stimulate meridian points of the body (Gaudiano, 2000). At the ...
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Why do therapists need therapy?

As pointed out in another answer of mine, therapists are not immune to psychological problems. In fact, one study shows the lifetime rate of depression in psychologists and social workers to be higher ...
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Does the brain have a 'debugging mode'?

Short answer: Not a debugger, but possibly a control flow override. Long answer: This is a common fallacy known as the introspection illusion: The introspection illusion is a cognitive bias in ...
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Does EMDR legitimately treat any condition?

TLDR: EMDR seems to be equally efficacious to other therapies. Davidson & Parker, (2001) conducted a meta-analysis. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), a controversial ...
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What is the scientific evaluation of Rapid Transformational Therapy?

RTT's online forum was used to enquire as to whether there was any peer reviewed literature supporting RTT. RTT's company lawyer replied with: There are no current published papers on RTT that we ...
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Negative thoughts as cause or consequence of depression

Short answer The cause of depression is thought to be one of neurochemistry, resulting in depressive thoughts. Background I think the general consensus is that depression is a psychological ...
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What criteria decides whether a technique is CBT?

What is CBT? As I stated in my answer to a previous question on CBT, The basic concept of CBT Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) was developed by Aaron Temkin Beck, and as mentioned before, ...
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What qualitative studies are there into mindfulness?

Wikipedia often provides references to scientific studies and the Wikipedia article on Mindfulness is no exception. The main section of the article has ...Studies have also shown that rumination ...
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Effects of treatment versus psychotherapy on mental health of transgender people

TL;DR: There's many studies which point to better mental health outcomes as a result of treatment, such as hormones and surgery, of transgender individuals. It's also important to consider that there'...
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Effects of treatment versus psychotherapy on mental health of transgender people

Johns Hopkins did stop doing gender reassignment surgery and one of their psychiatrists apparently says that The suicide rate among transgendered people who had the surgery is 20 times higher He ...
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How to compare effectiveness of psychological treatment for psychological illness, versus medical treatment for medical illness?

You asked: Is there a way to compare treatments for medical vs psychological issues? I would say no because we aren't looking to compare medical treatments to psychological treatments. It isn't ...
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What is the scientific evaluation of Rapid Transformational Therapy?

There are no research papers on RTT present on Google Scholar. Therefore, I think it is straightforward to presume that it has not been scientifically evaluated, which makes any claim whatsoever about ...
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Precisely, what does it mean for a person to overcome psychological trauma?

It is often said that therapy or meeting a psychologist allows one to overcome trauma and let go of hidden pains...what would mean for a person to be psychologically troubled? Trauma is an emotional ...
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Evidence for this tapping therapy - EFT (Emotional freedom technique)

Reading the answer from @HallsofJustice, the report from Gaudiano & Herbert JD (2000) was a Skeptical Inquirer report, and as the name suggests, their reports contain the extreme end of skepticism....
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Evidence for this tapping therapy - EFT (Emotional freedom technique)

I was skeptical that such a seemingly pseudoscientific technique could work but a recent systematic review of randomized clinical trials and meta-analyses found that EFT was in fact an evidence based ...
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Effectiveness of aversion therapy for procrastination

From a 2014 review article on procrastination that doesn't mention aversive therapy at all, but has this to say about treatment(s) of procrastination in general: Even though procrastination can ...
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Is low self-esteem, a brain chemical imbalance problem, rather than a personality defect, and can't be fixed by any amount of counselling/self-help?

Low self-esteem can be the result of severeal things, implying depression and other mental disorders, past experiences (harassement for example). We can "fix" low self-esteem through non-drug therapy, ...
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Recovery program alternatives to the 12-step program

Alternatives to the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Twelve-Step Program While AA is certainly a leading (and, in the US, the dominant) self-help recovery program for alcoholism and is noted for its ...
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Negative thoughts as cause or consequence of depression

Short answer: Negative thoughts in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy are both a cause and a consequence in depression. In fact if these thoughts are produced by schemes this theory considers as a specific ...
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Do the feelings related to Transference always originate from parents?

Short answer Transference is often related to feelings felt toward parents, but not always. Background Transference (Hughes & Kerr, 2000) is the phenomenon whereby we unconsciously transfer ...
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What happened to self-administered aversion therapy (with a rubber band in particular)?

Out of the basically four possible ways to change behaviors, your rubber band lies at one extreme, being an example of positive punishment, which works by presenting an aversive stimulus after an ...
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Evidence for this tapping therapy - EFT (Emotional freedom technique)

There is strong evidence for EFT for depression. A metaanalysis Nelms & Castel (2016) found 20 studies including 12 randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and 8 outcome studies. 461 participants were ...
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Is "havening" pseudo-scientific or effective?

First off, I am not familiar with this therapy. There seems to be 251 hits on Scholar (excluding citations and patents) at the time of this writing with a search for "Havening Technique'. Of these 251,...
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Why are we generating wrong ideas in the first place?

I suspect we adopt irrational positions when we have an implicit choice available and our frame of mind, owing to biological factors such as stress hormone levels, favors rapid choices over thoughtful ...
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Can a friend become a therapist?

The article you linked to (Holmes, 2018) is talking about both senarios. The therapist must not be a friend before or during therapy sessions. Dual relationships can interfere with the efficiency of ...
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What is an example of a type of talk therapy in which the therapist acts like a teacher and the patient is viewed as a student?

I have often heard people say that they believe counselling involves the therapist being a teacher and the client is to be taught how to deal with their situation. This is a false premise for reasons ...
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Is it unethical for a psychiatrist to invite a patient and her husband to a social function?

Yes, there is a clear ethical issue. If Dr. Jones wants to observe Emma's husband, he should obtain informed consent from him beforehand. Various associations of psychiatrists have a code of ethics in ...
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Why are we generating wrong ideas in the first place?

Here are some reasons I collected that can explain why we have wrong ideas: Naïve realism Egocentrism Illusion of transparency Self-conscious emotions
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