If all trials found the same effect for one intervention, the increasing number of trials would not be a problem. Each new trial would simply confirm what earlier trials found and the precision of the effect size would increase with each new trial. Unfortunately, in the field of mental health and social sciences randomized trials typically do not result in the same outcomes and effect sizes found for one intervention can differ quite a lot.
Psychoanalytic psychotherapy has a strong and expanding evidence base. There now exists a large number of outcome studies which have alternately examined the efficacy of short-term and longterm psychoanalytic psychotherapy and the efficacy of psychoanalytic psychotherapy for specific conditions.
The Society for Psychoanalytic Inquiry has posted a video of a presentation by Steven Reisner, entitled “Resistance and Resistance.”
Steven Reisner, PhD is a psychoanalyst and an activist who works publicly to combat political violence and privately to prevent suffering from becoming illness.
Dr. Reisner is a founding member of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology, Advisor on Psychology and Ethics for Physicians for Human Rights and past-President of Psychologists for Social Responsibility. He has been active in combating torture in all its forms, and is a leader in the movement to remove psychologists and other health professionals from their central role in our nation’s detainee interrogation program. Because of this work, Dr. Reisner was the recipient of the New York State Psychological Association’s “Beacon” Award.
Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy (PCSP) is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal and database. It provides innovative, quantitative and qualitative knowledge about psychotherapy process and outcome, for both researchers and practitioners.
A frequently updated comprehensive compilation of Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) involving psychodynamic treatments (PDT) by Peter Lilliengren, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Psychology, Stockholm University, Sweden.