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Does Therapy Work? A Balanced View

Philip Dhingra
Philosophistry
Published in
5 min readOct 14, 2023

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Short answer: In theory, psychotherapy works, specifically cognitive therapy. In practice, therapy is hit-or-miss.

Slightly longer answer: The right psychotherapy matched to the right condition, practiced correctly, is likely to provide noticeable relief.

Let’s unpack this:

Why does theory and practice differ so much?

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Philip Dhingra
Philosophistry

Author of Dear Hannah, a cautionary tale about self-improvement. Learn more: philipkd.com