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How Therapy Can Enhance Psychopharmacology with Frank Anderson

Meds: Myths and Realities: NP0035 – Bonus Session

As a therapist do you feel like using medication is a one-stop cure-all in the profession? Join Frank Anderson as he shows therapists how to use psychopharmacology in conjunction with therapy by working with clients to recognize their own symptoms, feelings, and biases.

After the session, please let us know what you think. If you ever have any technical questions or issues, please feel free to email

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2 Responses to How Therapy Can Enhance Psychopharmacology with Frank Anderson

  1. clieb says:

    You saved the best for last!Dr. Anderson’s holistic approach is a radical change from the ideology that dominates both psychotherapy and psycho-pharmacology today, especially in managed care settings. Under the banner of “evidenced-based” treatment, therapy has been reduced to short term CBT, manualized protocols for specific, diagnosable disorders; under the banner of “chemical imbalance” biological/psychiatric treatment has been reduced to brief appointments and lots of pills. The common sense idea of individualizing treatment by taking the time to listen to patients and using compounding pharmacies to target biological processes is just as counter-cultural as using integrative therapeutic approaches to promote wellness for the whole person. Encouraging collaboration between the client, their inner voice and the providers working with them would be great, but sadly, in my experience, nearly impossible in our current production-oriented mental health systems. On a more hopeful note, I especially appreciated the discussion about teasing out the biological from the psychological, educating and letting the patient decide. It would be fantastic if this would become more widely understood and practiced in spite of the power of the “evidence-based” ideologues and big pharma. Thank you Dr. Anderson for your contributions to move us in this direction.

  2. Lexcie Richies says:

    Thank you so much, Dr. Anderson. ( As a psychotherapist, I have been trained in the IFS method and have had Dr **** Schwartz out to Victoria BC to do a workshop)

    My question is how do I approach evidence -based psychiatrists at our clinic to maximize the potential of them actually hearing the importance of this type of treatment – especially the piece about very low doses of Atypicals for clients who have experienced significant trauma. This is the only clinic in our city and “it values” the CBT approach along with utilizing fairly traditional psychiatric meds and attempts to get client through “quickly”.

    Would really appreciate your wisdom on this.

    Lexcie Richies Reg. Psychologist

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