Some recent cutting edge research by Anke Ehlers, Ph.D. and colleagues published in the American Journal of Psychiatry has confirmed two predictions that Dr. Burns has made:
1. People can be treated intensely rather than in hour long sessions once a week. In fact, in this study, 73% of the patients who were treated intensively recovered within one week, which is phenomenal.
2. The supportive therapy that is emphasized in many graduate school training programs, including most psychiatric residency training programs, has few specific therapeutic effects other than placebo effects. In the Ehlers study, only 43% of the emotion-focused supportive therapy group recovered after 3 months of therapy. To heal patients, therapists must use valid, effective techniques that specifically target the patient’s complaints.
To read the summary of this startling new research study on the high-speed treatment of PTSD, click here.
You can also read the complete study if you are curious.