Do Therapists Improve With Time?

100 years of evidence shows therapy is extremely effective. Yet, research shows most therapists get worse with time. Learn why and how to avoid this trap.

Video Description

We know a great deal about the outcomes of therapy. 100 years of research shows therapy is more effective than medication. People get better. Yet, we know very little about therapists themselves. In this landmark study, Bruce Wampold and Simon Goldberg shed light on the therapist. Following 170 therapists for 18 years they investigated if therapists improve with experience. Their results are shocking.

While therapy is effective, they discovered most therapists get worse with time an experience. The deficit is small but exist. This study also explores possible reasons why. In a follow-up study, Wampold and his team found practical solutions to this problem. With some thoughtful preparation and well designed supervision, therapists can become dramatically more effective.

In this video, Yonasan Bender, LCSW, presents Goldberg and Wampold’s findings. He offers a clear and practical roadmap to understand this issue. He also describes powerful solutions to avoid this therapist trap.

To learn more about Dr. Bruce Wampold and his work, check out his university webpage here or to buy Wampold’s groundbreaking book The Great Psychotherapy Debate you can find it on Amazon here:


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About The Author

Raised in a rural farm town in Iowa, Yonasan Bender, L.C.S.W. combines small town values with powerful training. He provide clients with cutting-edge empirical knowledge, empathy, and timeless wisdom.

Yonasan’s a graduate of Hebrew University’s Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare. He completed post graduate training in a wide array of therapeutic approaches. These approaches range from CBT to Psychodynamic therapies. Before Hebrew University, he studied at Washington University in St. Louis and Drake University. Yonasan majored in philosophy and ethics.

Yonasan is a member of the Association For Contextual Behavioral Science. He’s a key member of the clinical team at The Place, the Jerusalem Centre for Emotional Wellbeing. Yonasan is a Dialectical Behavioral Therapist skills trainer at Machon Dvir. He’s also a group leader for the National Educational Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder’ Family Connections program.

He specializes in treating anxiety, depression, anger, poor self-esteem, insomnia, and marital conflict. He has an extensive background working with individuals, couples, families, and children.


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