What is Evidence-Based Care and Why is It Important?
People usually come to therapy because something isn’t working; there’s a problem that needs to be solved. Maybe you are feeling sad, disinterested in things you used to enjoy, or maybe anxiety feels like it’s taken over your life. Perhaps you can’t sleep or eat or you are sleeping or eating too much. You may feel stuck in a relationship or job and don’t know what to do next. The bottom line is that people who come to therapy are hurting in some way, and they need and deserve to feel better.
Lyra only works with providers who practice evidence-based therapies
We want people who are hurting to have the best chance of getting better, as quickly as possible. There are hundreds of therapies out there, but only a handful of those therapies have been rigorously tested in scientific studies and demonstrated to work. What does it mean for a psychological treatment to be rigorously tested? It means the treatment has been compared to another treatment in multiple randomized controlled trials (this just means clients were randomly assigned to receive one treatment or the other) and was shown to be superior in reducing distress and improving functioning in the workplace or relationships, or other aspects of life. Findings are then written up into a paper which is reviewed by numerous psychologists with expertise in that area, in a process known as peer review. If the paper passes the peer review process, it is then published in a scientific journal, where other psychologists can then learn about the treatment.
Using non-evidence-based therapies can be potentially problematic
There are a few therapies out there that have been demonstrated to do more psychological harm than good. Conversion therapy is a good example of a treatment that could harm a client and should be avoided. Second, most therapies, while not harmful, aren’t especially effective either. Staying in therapy for month after month or year after year with little or no progress, means staying stuck and continued suffering. At Lyra, we don’t want people to stay stuck. We want you to feel better as quickly as possible and get back to living a happy and productive life.
How to recognize an evidence-based therapy
O’Donohue, Buchanan, & Fisher (2000) surveyed the authors of various evidence-based therapies and asked them what these methods have in common. They found that the vast majority of evidence-based therapies: