The Solution We Seek

Professional training and legislative policy must reflect the evidence found in a wealth of long-term research: therapies involving a substantive understanding of unique individuals, within the context of ongoing therapeutic relationships, yield benefits that are most likely to be sustained over the long term. While such training and treatment may represent a greater initial economic outlay, they ultimately cost less than ineffective, shorter term, non-relational alternatives that often must be repeated following relapse. Numerous studies have shown that psychotherapy actually reduces overall health care costs, as there is strong relationship between effective mental health care and better physical health.