Sahanika Ratnayake on the Philosophical Issue with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Sahanika Ratnayake, Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology.

Our guest today is Dr Sahanika Ratnayake - a philosopher of psychiatry and medicine, whose work focuses  on talking therapy.  She is interested in what constitutes evidence for talking therapy, the ethics of therapy and the integration of therapy into healthcare systems. She is currently a researcher at the UK Council for Psychotherapy. She joined us today to discuss her paper published in a recent issue of Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology, titled "It's Been Utility All Along: An Alternate Understanding of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and The Depressive Realism Hypothesis."

Dr. Ratnayake's other paper she discusses in this episode: 

Ratnayake, Sahanika, and Christopher Poppe, 'Ethical Issues in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy', in Manuel Trachsel and others (eds), Oxford Handbook of Psychotherapy Ethics (2021; online edn, Oxford Academic, 4 Oct. 2019).

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