Research at Sigmund Freud Private University

The research perspective of psychotherapy research covers a broad spectrum that based on Kriz can be assigned to the key areas of the effectiveness and evaluation research, process-outcome research and basic research (Kriz, 2004).

Thereby a fruitful synergy is the result of overlapping these areas of focus. At the same time, Orlinsky demands amplification and expansion of predominantly biomedically characterized research paradigm in regards to the biographical, socio-cultural and politico-economic context of psychotherapy and its mode of action, where the complexity of research object requires the development of appropriate research methods (Orlinksy, 2008).

In the context of psychotherapy science this makes it necessary to add another point to the triple-point-matching “therapist – patient – process”: the adjustment of research topic and research methodology. This suggests an integration of disorder-specific and general approaches in psychotherapy research.

Already reported in the 70’s of the last century and still valid the integration of science and profession in psychotherapy is known to be a difficult task, as well as the relationship of psychotherapists and psychotherapy research problematic (see Jaeggi, 1994).

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SFU_Forschungsbericht 2010 bis 2014 (currently available only in German)