Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 33, Issue 4, pp 323–326

Personal Psychotherapy During Residency Training: A Survey of Psychiatric Residents

Brief Report

DOI: 10.1176/appi.ap.33.4.323

Cite this article as:
Haak, J.L. & Kaye, D. Acad Psychiatry (2009) 33: 323. doi:10.1176/appi.ap.33.4.323



The authors investigate current psychiatric residents’ experiences with and opinions about personal psychotherapy.


The authors analyzed survey data from randomly selected students in psychiatric residency training programs during the 2005–2006 academic year.


Approximately one-third of respondents were in psychotherapy. Being in a training program affiliated with a psychoanalytic institute and being further along in training were associated with a greater likelihood of being in therapy. Residents identified financial cost and training demands as the top barriers to pursuing psychotherapy. Psychodynamic psychotherapy was by far the most common type; few residents received cognitive behavior therapy.


A significant minority of psychiatric residents pursue personal psychotherapy, primarily psychodynamic. This number appears to be much smaller than in the past.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 3 Gates Circle, 8th Floor, Children’s Psychiatry ClinicUniversity at BuffaloBuffaloUSA

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