The goal of psychoanalytic treatment is to help individuals become mature, well-functioning human beings enlivened by a renewed sense of their own unique path in life.
Before deciding to embark on a voyage of self-discovery via psychoanalysis, it is important to ensure that the practitioners you consult are trained specifically in the therapy they practice, and that they have the appropriate credentials. NAAP-registered psychoanalysts are identified by the title NCPsyA.
NAAP Position Statement on Psychoanalytic Research
NAAP believes that research, as one of the most important ways to advance knowledge, is critical to the field of psychoanalysis. Thus, NAAP endorses the following principles.
Studies of Treatment Effectiveness: Comparing Psychodynamic Therapies with CBT and Medication
by Mark Winborn, PhD, NCPsyA
Introduction: In recent years there has been a great deal of publicity and advertisingregarding the benefits of medication and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as cost effective approaches to treating emotional issues and various forms of mental distur- bance. Additionally, sources that advocate for the use of “cost-effective” treatments often point to psychodynamic treatment as outdated, ineffectual and not cost-effec- tive. However, the information being disseminated to the public does not accurately portray the effectiveness of either medication or CBT, nor does it accurately repre- sent the available research on psychodynamic therapy as a robust, contemporary treatment that is both clinically effective and cost-effective. The psycho-pharmaceu- tical industry and insurance companies have vested monetary interest in misrepre- senting the scientific findings for these various treatments. In this brief position pa- per, the available scientific literature for medication interventions, CBT, and psycho- dynamic psychotherapy will be contrasted and reviewed. Read more here.