Rethinking psychotherapy

Dan J. Stein, Judith K. Bass, Stefan G. Hofmann, Markvan Ommeren

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Progress in the science and art of psychotherapy requires the field to address both key conceptual and empirical questions. The diverse historical roots of the talking therapies, ranging from psychoanalytic to cognitive behavioral theory frameworks, raise the conceptual questions of how best to explain the nature of psychopathology and how to account for the impact of psychotherapy. The heterogeneous literature on these therapies, ranging from qualitative accounts to randomized controlled therapies, raises the empirical question of what interventions and for which disorders are efficacious and effective. Recent attempts to address the mental health treatment gap in low- and middle-income countries by adapting psychotherapies for these contexts have raised these questions anew and so arguably reinvigorated the field. In this introductory chapter, we summarize ongoing contributions to psychotherapy from the emerging discipline of global mental health. We emphasize the importance of an integrative theoretical and research framework.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGlobal Mental Health and Psychotherapy
Subtitle of host publicationAdapting Psychotherapy for Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780128149324
ISBN (Print)9780128149331
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • Evidence-based practice
  • Global mental health
  • Integration
  • Psychotherapy
  • Translational research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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