April 19, 2022

How does therapy actually work?

In this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison try to answer the provocative question, “How does therapy actually work?” They discuss how mental illness is defined, different therapy approaches, aspects common to all therapy approaches, how psychedelics might accelerate progress in therapy, whether or not AI therapists will steal our jobs, and much more!

(2:15) Does psychotherapy work?
(3:11) How do we define mental health problem?
(7:00) What do we work on in therapy?
(12:07) Therapist using their humanity as a therapeutic tool
(16:00) Corrective emotional experience
(17:49) Common vs specific factors that contribute to the effectiveness of therapy
(12:09) Classical and operant conditioning
(24:02) Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD
(29:19) Cognitive dissonance 
(32:25) Why we stay stuck
(37:17) Self-awareness and insight
(41:02) Habit change
(44:56) Ibogaine treatment for addiction
(48:39) Distinct but overlapping aspects of psychedelic experiences and therapy approaches
(50:00) AI therapists and how to find the right therapist for you
(57:38) Combining therapy and psych medications
(01:02:12) Psychedelic accelerated psychotherapy 

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