Carl Rogers, CBT most influential in Clinical

Carl RogersCelebrating its 25th anniversary, Psychotherapy Networker magazine partnered with Columbia researchers to chart the recent trends in Clinical Psychology. They found that Carl Rogers is still the #1 most influential figure, just as he was when American Psychologist first did the study in 1982.

In other words, the therapist who became famous for his leisurely, nondirective, open-ended, soft-focus form of therapy 50 years ago remains a major role model today, even with the explosion of brief, “evidence-based” clinical models, a psychopharmacological revolution that often makes medications the intervention du jour, and a radically altered system of insurance reimbursement that simply won’t pay for the kind of therapy Rogers did.

As for methods, however, the top therapeutic approach of the past quarter-century is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Over two-thirds of the 2,598 survey respondents use it, compared to just under a third following a “Rogerian/client-centered/humanistic” approach.

The top ten list of figures is:

  1. Carl Rogers
  2. Aaron Beck
  3. Salvador Minuchin
  4. Irvin Yalom
  5. Virginia Satir
  6. Albert Ellis
  7. Murray Bowen
  8. Carl Jung
  9. Milton Erickson
  10. John Gottman

Details about each, from the magazine, can be found by clicking on their names.

By way of comparison, Rogers also ranks #6 on Haggbloom’s revised list of the most eminent psychologists of the 20th century.

About Jeremy Burman

Jeremy Trevelyan Burman is a senior doctoral student in York University’s Department of Psychology, specializing in the history of developmental psychology and its theory (especially that pertaining to Jean Piaget). Prior to returning to academia, he was a producer at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.