In a two-part series, the author explores the current status of
psychotherapy for depression. In part I, three predominant approaches to
the psychological treatment of depressive disorders today-- psychodynamic,
cognitive, and interpersonal--are described and contrasted schematically.
They are depicted as conceptually different but potentially complementary
with regard to 1) basic characteristics, including theoretical orientation,
major strategies, goals, and mechanisms of change, and 2) respective
advantages and limitations. This clinical comparison forms the foundation
of an integrative and selective model for the treatment of depression.