Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Can Psychotherapy Be Too Evidence Based?

In this review of a review of Sex in Psychotherapy: Sexuality, Passion, Love, and Desire in the Therapeutic Encounter, Eddie Clark tackles this question. It's unfortunate that the question is worded this way because the real issue under discussion is implicit intuition vs. explicit rule-based monitoring of therapy. Explicit rule-based monitoring is usually based on evidence, but intuition developed over the course of several years of experience can be particularly incisive.