Innovation in psychotherapy, challenges, and opportunities: An opinion paper

Janina Isabel Schweiger, Kai G. Kahl, Jan Philipp Klein, Valerija Sipos, Ulrich Schweiger*

*Corresponding author for this work
2 Citations (Scopus)


Psychotherapy as a field tends toward conservativism, and the rate of innovation and development of new evidence-based effective treatments has been slow. The paper explores important barriers to innovation like the dodo bird verdict and the habit of starting the development of therapeutic methods from techniques. The paper looks at the opportunities for translating basic science in psychology into psychotherapeutic techniques. Metacognitive therapy stands out from other psychotherapies by its development from basic science. The paper describes the development of the techniques detached mindfulness and attention training, how they were derived from basic science and tested for their suitability in the therapy of patients with anxiety disorders. By this process, metacognitive therapy may be an important model for the innovation process in psychotherapy.

Original languageEnglish
Article number495
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Issue numberMAR
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)


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