The Riggs Blog
Why don’t psychiatrists do psychotherapy even though it works?
Dr. Eric Plakun and Joyce West, Ph.D., M.P.P., policy research director for the American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education (APIRE) presented data from an APIRE survey of 394 psychiatrists at a recent workshop at the Institute on Psychiatric Services. The results showed that less than half of those psychiatrists surveyed provided psychotherapy to their patients. In this video, Dr. Plakun explains some of the barriers to providing psychotherapy by psychiatrists, even as evidence supporting psychotherapy’s efficacy mounts. This matters not only to the field of psychiatry, if it wishes to remain relevant and able to treat the most difficult patients, but also to current and potential patients, who have an understandable interest in being seen by psychiatrists and all mental health providers as complex and full people and not simply as disorders that need a pill to tweak receptor sites.