Has the future of psychotherapy just begun?
[Has the future of psychotherapy just begun?] Psychother Psychosom Med Psychol. 2019 Dec;69(12):481-483 Authors: Strauß B PMID: 31801163 [PubMed - in process]
Publication date: Available online 18 January 2020Source: The Arts in PsychotherapyAuthor(s): Jason D. Butler
Cancer patients who were treated with one dose of psilocybin plus psychotherapy for depression and anxiety reported benefits on emotional and existentialist distress events 5 years later.Medscape Medical News
(CNN) — A single dose of psilocybin, a compound found in “magic mushrooms,” provides long-term relief of anxiety and depression in cancer patients, a new study finds. In fact, cancer patients who were given psilocybin reported reductions in anxiety, depression, hopelessness, demoralization, and death anxiety more than four years after receiving the dose in combination with psychotherapy. “Our findings strongly suggest that psilocybin therapy is a promising means of improving the emotional, psychological, and spiritual well-being of patients with life-threatening cancer,” said Dr. Stephen Ross,...
(New York University) Following up on their landmark 2016 study, researchers at NYU Grossman School of Medicine found that a one-time, single-dose treatment of psilocybin, a compound found in psychedelic mushrooms, combined with psychotherapy appears to be associated with significant improvements in emotional and existential distress in cancer patients.
Present ‐centered therapy (PCT) is a non‐trauma, manualized psychotherapy for adults with post‐traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PCT was originally designed as a treatment comparator in trials evaluating the effectiveness of trauma‐focused cognitive‐behavioral therapy (TF‐CBT). Recent trials hav e indicated that PCT may be an effective treatment option for PTSD and that patients may drop out of PCT at lower rates relative to TF‐CBT.
Psychosis is a serious mental condition characterised by a loss of contact with reality. There may be a prodromal period or stage of psychosis, where early signs of symptoms indicating onset of first episode psychosis (FEP) occur. A number of services, incorporating multimodal treatment approaches (pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy and psychosocial interventions), developed worldwide, now focus on this prodromal period with the aim of preventing psychosis in people at risk of developing FEP.
Authors: Hoyer J, Hoefler M, Wuellhorst V Abstract Research on behavioral activation (BA) for depression assumes that increasing the rate of rewarding activities leads to reduced depressive mood. While the efficacy of BA treatment has been convincingly demonstrated, assumptions referring to the mechanisms underlying this effect have not been tested decisively yet. The Behavioral Activation Scale for Depression (BADS) and the Beck Depression Inventory II (BDI) were administered over 8 weeks in 161 reliably diagnosed patients with unipolar depression who underwent BA treatment in groups. Time-lagged associations betw...
Publication date: Available online 24 January 2020Source: The Arts in PsychotherapyAuthor(s): Deborah GreenAbstractI am prone to bumbling, to miss-stepping. In my efforts to stay present in the living, fluctuating, tremulous moment-to-moment-ness of the therapeutic/educational encounter, I am sometimes not very fleet of foot. I have learned, once I have stumbled, to engage in a staggering recovery dance of rather vulnerable-making honesty. My slog to become humanly available and embrace ‘vulnerability with purpose’ by stepping intentionally into these ‘rupture and repair’ moments continues to be slo...
The use of communication as a therapeutic tool is an essential piece of both palliative medicine and psychotherapy. The approach with which communication is conceptualized and taught, however, is markedly different between the two fields. In hospice and palliative medicine training, we often teach generalized communication tools and strategies. By contrast, communication training in the psychotherapy setting hinges upon the concept of case formulation. A case formulation is a conceptualization of the unique core psychological issue a patient or family may be struggling with.