EABP Press Release


The Netherlands, 25 July 2013

New milestone re efficacy research body psychotherapy


The Journal of Affective Disorders recently published a research report on An exploratory randomized controlled trial of body psychotherapy for patients with chronic depression[1] which has been conducted by Professor Frank Röhricht, Nina Papadopoulos and Professor Stefan Priebe.
Chronic major depressive disorder and dysthymia are associated with a high burden and substantial care costs. New and more effective treatments are required. This is the first randomized controlled trial designed to evaluate the effectiveness of Body Psychotherapy (BPT) in patients with chronic depression.
The results suggest that BPT may be an effective treatment option for patients with chronic depression. Difficulty recruiting and subsequent attrition was one of the limitations, but the findings merit further trials with larger samples and process studies to identify the precise therapeutic mechanisms.
Body Psychotherapy is considered as a mainstream branch of psychotherapy that has a body of literature and knowledge based upon a sound theoretical position. It involves an explicit theory of mind-body functioning, which takes into account the complexity of the intersections and interactions between body and mind.
Frank RohrichtProfessor Frank Röhricht, co-author of the report is a member of the European Association for Body Psychotherapy. He is a Consultant Psychiatrist (MD, FRCPsych), Body Psychotherapist, Honorary Professor at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex and Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at St. George's Medical School, University of Nicosia/Cyprus.
Professor Frank Röhricht has numerous publications in peer reviewed journals and is one of the leading researchers in the international field of Body Image Phenomenology and Body Psychotherapy in Mental Illness. Book publications include co-editor of Handbook of Body Image Research and books on body-psychotherapy; monography from 2000 is the first textbook covering the innovative field of body-oriented psychotherapy in psychiatry.
Contact European Association for Body Psychotherapy:
General Secretary / Vice President Jill van der Aa, Chairperson Science and Research Committee Dr Herbert Grassmann, Secretariat Rob van Schaik
Website: Professor Frank Röhricht  

[1] Röhricht, F., et al., An exploratory randomized controlled trial of body psychotherapy for patients with chronic depression. Journal of Affective Disorders (2013),

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