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Psychotherapy, Effective Elements of

  1. Adam O. Horvath

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0756

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Horvath, A. O. 2010. Psychotherapy, Effective Elements of. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. Simon Fraser University, Canada

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


In the last three decades a strong and empirically supported consensus has emerged that psychotherapy is effective. Therefore one might expect that the question “Which elements in psychotherapy therapy are responsible for its effectiveness?” would have straightforward answers supported by reasonable consensus in the profession. This, however, is not the case.


  • psychotherapy process;
  • therapy process/outcome;
  • common factors;
  • empirically supported treatments;
  • therapeutic alliance