Article ID: 2020-B008
Even though Jungian Analytical Psychotherapy has a tradition of more than 100 years, little is known about the empirical status of the therapy method. This article gives an overview of the evidence found for Psychodynamic Therapy in general and for Jungian Psychotherapy, on the background of the state of the art in psychotherapy research. Though there is great diversity in study designs, some of which are hampered by strong limitations to internal validity, all of the studies reported here found significant improvements in the dimensions investigated, with effect sizes ranging from moderate to very large. There are even indicators of cost effectiveness of Jungian psychotherapy. The results point towards the effectiveness of Jungian psychotherapy, but there is still a strong need for further research, namely Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs), to make firm conclusions on efficacy of the method possible. Since Jungian Psychotherapy is an established method in the health care systems of Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Japan and other countries these results confirm the practicability and contribution to the treatment of mental health problems of this method.