Letter to the American Psychological Association highlighting how their Clinical Practice Guidelines are being misused by insurance companies such as Lyra Health to explicitly exclude relationship-oriented therapists from their panels and ultimately harms the consumers of psychotherapy with false “evidence-based” claims that are misleading and restricts their choices.
Many in the field of psychotherapy, including practitioners and marketing personnel, are currently using the term “evidence-based therapy” to refer to something quite different from what someone might otherwise assume. The specific claims by Lyra Health of providing “evidence-based psychotherapy exclusively” is particularly problematic, as these claims not only hurt the consumers of psychotherapy by misleading them and restricting their choices, but it is also discriminatory by explicitly excluding psychotherapy models that have a different value-base from being considered legitimate forms of therapy. Complaint filed to the California Department of Insurance and the California Department of Managed Health Care.
A request to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences to treat misleading claims of “evidence-based psychotherapy” as false advertising. This letter may be used as a sample to draft your own letter to your state’s licensing board. This endeavor is supported by Psychotherapy Action Network ( PsiAN.org) - Please consider joining the organization. Membership is free, and open to clinicians from all theoretical orientations who value therapy that is person-centered, relationship-oriented and of depth.