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J Consult Clin Psychol. 2003 Aug;71(4):773-81.

Comparing the effectiveness of process-experiential with cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy in the treatment of depression.

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Department of Adult Education and Counselling Psychology, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada.


This study compared process-experiential and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy in the treatment of major depression in a researcher allegiance-balanced randomized clinical trial. Sixty-six clients participated in weekly sessions of psychotherapy for 16 weeks. Clients' level of depression, self-esteem, general symptom distress, and dysfunctional attitudes significantly improved in both therapy groups. Clients in both groups showed significantly lower levels of reactive and suppressive coping strategies and higher reflective coping at the end of treatment. Although outcomes were generally equivalent for the 2 treatments, there was a significantly greater decrease in clients' self-reports of their interpersonal problems in process-experiential than cognitive-behavioral therapy.

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