Is the impact of psychotherapy processes on outcomes already quacking and waddling? Comment "A primer on psychotherapy process research (Pfeifer & Strunk, 2015)"

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The article by Pfeifer and Strunk on psychotherapy process research offers a highly thoughtful review on the state of psychotherapy process research in cognitive therapy for depression, and the inherent challenges in establishing causal relationships between process and outcomes. In this commentary, I argue that the goal of internal validity in psychotherapy process research may be unattainable, and possibly unnecessary. Finally, I suggest that psychotherapy process research should shift from does it affect change? to how does it affect change? , when does it affect change? , and for whom does it affect change?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)418 - 420
Number of pages3
JournalAustralian Psychologist
Volume50
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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