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  1. Introduction.
  2. Psychotherapy - A Definition.
  3. Criticism against Psychotherapy.
  4. In Defense of Psychotherapy.
  5. Benefits of Psychotherapy.

Introduction

Encapsulating psychotherapy in a few pages can be a very difficult task. As Bruce Wampold, author of The Great Psychotherapy Debate: Models, Methods and Findings, pointed out, there are more than 250 distinct approaches under the umbrella of psychotherapy, each one remarkably different from the other (Wampold 1). Unfortunately, it is precisely this sheer volume of ?methods? associated with psychotherapy that has led many critics to question its scientific basis and declare it a sham medical treatment. Derided as no more than ?talk therapy?, psychotherapy is bogged down by the difficulty of ascertaining a common ground for the treatment, due to the voluminous number of methods linked to it. As the book Therapy's Delusions rightfully notes, ?no one agrees on what psychotherapy is.? (Watters and Ofshe 129)

[...] So what are these benefits that clients of psychotherapy can expect from treatment? Benefits of Psychotherapy First of all, psychotherapy leads to remoralization. When a client first visits a psychotherapist, the main feeling is usually of helplessness. A client is suffering from any particular mental or emotional discomfort (be it a major mental disorder or a problem or a complaint), hence the need to seek out an expert. These patients can be described as ?demoralized?; their daily routine of work and lifestyle is disrupted by their negative emotions or less than perfect mental health. [...]


[...] Criticism against Psychotherapy The problem, however, is that the wide range of potential clients that psychotherapy can accommodate leads to non-specificity. Psychotherapy is not exactly similar to other medical treatments, wherein there is a specific diagnosis, treatment charts and prescriptions. Because of this non-specificity, health maintenance organizations (HMOs) have begun turning down members' requests for long-term therapy treatments. Unless the client is suffering from a major mental disorder with a corresponding medical prescription, then these organizations will not consider it a valid treatment worthy of coverage. [...]

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