Mark Smith

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Mark is a psychotherapist who works as an IAPT High Intensity clinician for a leading service provider in the East Midlands. He has a great deal of experience working with patients with common mental health issues and is particularly interested in depression, generalised anxiety, addictions, Personality Disorders and the use of outcome measures in psychotherapy and mental health disorders. He holds a PhD and is an accredited BACP therapist and an accredited IPT practitioner.

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Common mental health problems and psychotic experiences in IAPT

Psychodynamic therapy draws on theories and practices of analytical psychology and psychoanalysis.

Mark Smith reviews a recent service evaluation looking at common mental health conditions and psychotic experiences occurring at the same time in IAPT services.

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CBT versus counselling for depression: it ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it

This trial found that face-to-face CBT leads to quicker and greater reductions in the number of objective binge eating (OBE) episodes and may be a better initial treatment option than web-based guided self-help.

Mark Smith channels Ella Fitzgerald whilst reviewing evidence from the 2nd UK National Audit of psychological therapies, which compares CBT and generic counselling in the treatment of depression.

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iCBT for depression: how does it work?

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Mark Smith presents the findings from a qualitative systematic review of iCBT for depression, which tries to unearth the mechanisms of change of internet-based or computerised cognitive behavioural therapy.

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IAPT: does improved access lead to increased complexity?

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Mark Smith presents the early findings of the PROMPT naturalistic cohort study, which looks at the clinical characteristics of patients assessed within an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service.

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Personality disorders, IAPT treatment and recovery from depression and anxiety

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Mark Smith reviews a recent prospective cohort study, which considers the impact of comorbid personality problems on response to IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) treatment for depression and anxiety.

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Can psychotherapy reduce suicide and self-harm in young people?

A young woman suffering from depression is consoled by her friend.

Mark Smith presents the findings of a recent systematic review and meta analysis of therapeutic interventions for suicide and self-harm in young people.

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Psychodynamic therapy: time for a new approach?

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Mark Smith summarises a recent narrative review about the effectiveness of psychodynamic therapy for depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, somatic disorders and other mental health conditions.

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Mindfulness based group therapy for common mental health disorders

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Mark Smith summarises a recent RCT of mindfulness based group therapy in primary care patients with depression, anxiety and stress and adjustment disorders.

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Psychotherapy for UK military veterans: demographics and clinical outcomes

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Mark Smith reports on a study of psychotherapy for UK military veterans, using an IAPT service, which focuses on the demographic characteristics and clinical outcomes of early service leavers and veterans.

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