Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy



Leading Article

POWER THERAPIES, MIRACULOUS CLAIMS, AND THE CURES THAT FAIL


Gerald M. Rosen a1c1, Jeffrey M. Lohr a2, Richard J. McNally a3 and James D. Herbert a4
a1 University of Washington, U.S.A.
a2 University of Arkansas, U.S.A.
a3 Harvard University, U.S.A.
a4 Allegheny University of the Health Sciences, U.S.A.

Abstract

Recent “Power Therapies” claim near miraculous cures but fare less well under controlled testing. These developments recall for cognitive behavior therapists the history of past “cures” that temporarily induced high levels of expectancies, but failed the test of time.


Key Words: EMDR; PTSD; Power Therapies; placebo.

Correspondence:
c1 Reprint requests to Gerald M. Rosen, Cabrini Medical Tower, 901 Boren Avenue, Suite 1910, Seattle, WA 98104, U.S.A.


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