Psychotherapy research

at the Department of Clinical Psychology
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Psychotherapy is an effective method for the treatment of mental disorders. Although the evidence for the effectiveness is well documented, there are open questions concerning which parts of psychotherapy or which mechanisms are responsible for these effects. There ist even controversi about what psychotherapy actually is. Answering these questions is crucial for psychotherapists as it can help them to focus their work on the important aspects of the treatment. Futhermore, such research helps to improve the education of new psychotherapists. To address these questions, we collect data from psycotherapy treatments carried out in our outpatient clinic, including audio/video recordings, questionaires, and physical modalities (e. g. heart rate, EDA, brain activity). Hereby, we hope to better understand the treatment process with its underlying factors as well as the interaction between psychotherapists and patients and the interplay of both.

Contact: Ilona Croy & Fabian Rottstädt