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Are Evidence-Based Therapies Effective in the Real World? New Research Says Yes

Are Evidence-Based Therapies Effective in the Real World? New Research Says Yes

Research has shown that evidence-supported therapies (ESTs) such as cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy are effective in treating anxiety and depression–two of the most common and pervasive mental health conditions. But until now, most studies testing ESTs’ efficacy have taken place in highly controlled laboratory settings. To better understand how these treatments work in the real world, a team of researchers conducted a study of more than 1,200 Lyra therapy clients across the United States.

The study’s results confirm what Lyra has seen for years: Evidence-supported therapies are effective in reducing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and both conditions simultaneously. Beyond the Lab: Empirically Supported Treatments in the Real World, is the latest of three recently published peer-reviewed studies demonstrating the effectiveness of Lyra’s behavioral health programs in treating common psychological issues such as anxiety, depression, and stress.

Key Study Findings

  • Most clients with depression reliably improved or recovered
  • Most clients with anxiety reliably improved or recovered
  • More than half of those with depression and anxiety reliably improved or recovered
  • The more therapy sessions a client had, the more likely they were to get better

A testament to ESTs, measurement-based care, and Lyra’s top-notch therapists

The study’s findings highlight the power of ESTs, measurement-based care to track clients’ treatment progress and clinical outcomes, and Lyra therapists’ commitment to both. In order to be admitted to our provider network, Lyra extensively vets and interviews therapists to ensure they practice ESTs and use validated measurements to assess progress and outcomes.

Along with therapists’ own training and judgment, these standards help ensure that clients with conditions like anxiety and depression get the care they need to manage their mental health and feel better.

To learn more about study findings and analysis, read our executive summary.

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By The Lyra Team
13 of August 2020 - 1 min read
Mental health treatment
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