What Works in Therapy  |  Douglas Behan, DSW, LCSW

What

Works in

   Therapy

A Website for Psychotherapists

What are the Common Factors of Effective Psychotherapy?

Meta-analytic studies show that no major treatment approach (e.g. CBT, psychodynamic, family systems) has proven superior to other approaches in treating psychiatric disorders. After decades of devotion and refinement, why has no treatment approach emerged as superior to the others?

 

The answer is that treatment models are effective, not primarily because of their unique qualities, but because of the therapeutic factors they all share. Known as the “common factors”, when these components of psychotherapy are present, positive outcomes are maximized. Learn more about the common factors on this site so you can emphasize them in your work.

Common Factors with

Strong Research Support

The
Client
The
Therapist
The Therapeutic
Alliance
The Treatment
Model
Routine Outcome Measurement
Early Dramatic Response