How does all of this apply to psychiatry? There is a strong push to elevate "evidence-based" psychiatric treatments above other established forms of treatment. There is merit in this approach, but also significant dangers. When we document that our treatments are evidence based, our field is more accepted by our medical colleagues, and we may feel more secure in our work with patients. As we know, short-term psychotherapies are much easier to study than longer-term psychotherapies. However, if we are pushed into limiting our treatments to those that are easily studied, many worthwhile treatments would be eliminated. As Drew Clemens stated when he was speaker of the APA Assembly, psychiatry is in danger of losing its soul. We must not let that happen. Our field, more than any other, relies on our therapeutic relationship with patients coupled with insight and empathic clinical judgment. We can use our studies and algorithms as helpful guidelines, but it is essential that we not fall into the trap of "cookbook medicine." The meaning and benefit of both the therapeutic and real relationships with our patients must not be underestimated.