The Fundamental Need for Lived Experience Perspectives in Developing and Evaluating Psychotherapies

Jessica L. Schleider*

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Abstract

The primary professional goal of clinical psychology is to serve individuals and communities living with or at risk of mental illness. To date, our field has fallen persistently short of this goal, despite decades of research on evidence-based treatments and myriad innovations in psychotherapy research. Brief and low-intensity programs, transdiagnostic approaches, and digital mental health tools have all challenged long-held assumptions of what “psychotherapy” can be, pointing toward novel pathways to effective care. And yet, population-level rates of mental illness are high and rising, access to care remains abysmally low, early treatment dropout among people who do access care is common, and science-backed treatments rarely make it into everyday practice (Kazdin, 2019).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-121
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Volume91
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 16 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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