You wouldn’t trust a surgeon that didn’t integrate top-notch science into their practice. You shouldn’t trust a psychotherapist or counselor that doesn’t either.
Just like other fields of medicine use research to determine how to help, mental health also relies heavily on research to differentiate effective treatments from those that are not. Evidence based practices (EBP), or evidence-based treatment, integrate scientific findings into clinical practice. Evidence based practice models integrate:
- Your insights, values, perspectives, priorities, and circumstances
- Clinical perspective and experience
- Scientific research