Research on psychotherapy and treatment processes has focused mainly on qualitative process analyses and on outcome studies. The effectiveness of a contextual behavioural science approach (i.e. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, CBT, Functional Behavioural Analysis) and of the Open Dialogue approach for severe mental health problems, such as psychosis and major depression, has been studied. The focus of the outcome studies is on treatment effects in real-world, everyday clinical practice, using naturalistic study designs.

Qualitative process studies using discursive, narrative and dialogical methods of analysis are performed on treatments undertaken at the department’s Psychotherapy Training and Research Centre. These include individual as well as couple and family therapy processes and groups, especially those for partner-violent men. The Relational Mind project looks at therapeutic interaction on three levels: social interaction, inner speech and attunement of autonomic nervous system responses, using measures and observations of both clients and therapists in couple therapy.