From clinic to research and back

In a recent editorial for the Journal of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, I called for a return to a strong interaction between clinical practice and fundamental research. Constitutive of CBT, this dialogue between research and clinic tends to fade away.…

Coherence and Meaning for Existence

Restoring meaning to existence, through the work on values, is one of ACT’s goals. We seek to help patients come back into contact with that which makes them thrive, which animates them. But there is much we don’t know about…

Experiential Avoidance is a Slot Machine

In the behavioral approach, we are very interested in the consequences of behaviors, because they determine future behaviors. In particular, we look at the frequency in which these consequences occur. Does a significant consequence appear every time I carry out…

Graduated Exposure is an Oxymoron

Graduated exposure is a therapeutic method which has proven to be widely effective in all types of psychological disorders relating to fear. This approach, however, contains a significant paradox: it proposes to place someone in contact with that which they…

Based on evidence or theory?

In line with the medical model, different psychotherapy models have gradually moved towards an “evidence-based” evaluation of their effectiveness. This is grounds for celebration: it is better to have an evaluation of the effectiveness of our approach based on science…