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January 1971

Dynamic Psychotherapy and Behavior TherapyAre They Irreconcilable?

Author Affiliations

Los Angeles
From the Department of Psychiatry, University of California School of Medicine, and the Division of Psychiatry, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1971;24(1):22-28. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1971.01750070024003

Behavior therapists deserve much credit for having opened wide the armamentarium of therapeutic strategies. By so doing they have forced dynamic psychotherapists into a reassessment of their therapeutic techniques and their effectiveness—a reassessment that in the long run can only be in the best interests of all psychiatrists and their patients. The psychotherapeutic challenge of the future is to so improve our theoretical and diagnostic approaches to psychopathology as to be able to apply knowledgeably and flexibly to each patient the particular treatment technique and the particular kind of therapist that together will most effectively achieve the desired therapeutic goal.