Are Barriers to Psychotherapy Treatment Seeking Indicators of Social Determinants of Health? A Critical Review of the Literature

Rachel R. Tambling, Kevin C. Hynes, Carissa D’Aniello

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Abstract

One of the most persistent and troubling health disparities is the underutilization of mental health services by individuals with marginalized aspects of their identity. We provide a critical review of the literature of barriers to psychotherapy initiation and the connection to social determinants of health. We propose a change from a deficit-based view of the problem to a strength-based view that include the following strategies: family therapy treatments designed to reduce barriers, telehealth as an option to address treatment barriers, changes to the recruitment of therapists-in-training, and person of the therapist development.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAmerican Journal of Family Therapy
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • Social determinants
  • barriers to treatment
  • treatment accessibility

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