What Is Psychodynamic Therapy?

Psychodynamic therapy is an in-depth form of talk therapy based on the theories and principles of psychoanalysis. Unlike psychoanalytic therapy, psychodynamic therapy is less focused on the patient-therapist relationship, shifting focus to the patient’s relationship with his or her external world. Psychodynamic therapy is primarily used to treat depression and other serious psychological disorders, especially in those who have lost meaning in their lives and have difficulty forming or maintaining personal relationships. Studies have found that other effective applications of psychodynamic therapy include addiction, social anxiety disorder, and eating disorders.

 

 

What are the benefits of Psychodynamic Therapy?

Psychodynamic therapy is primarily used to treat depression and other serious psychological disorders, especially in those who have lost meaning in their lives and have difficulty forming or maintaining personal relationships. Studies have found that other effective applications of psychodynamic therapy include addiction, social anxiety disorder, and eating disorders. With help from a therapist, the patient is encouraged to speak freely about anything that comes to mind, including current issues, fears, desires, dreams and fantasies.  The goal is to experience a remission of symptoms but also derive such benefits as increased self-esteem, better use of their own talents and abilities, and an improved capacity for developing and maintaining more satisfying relationships. The patient may experience ongoing improvements after therapy has ended. Although short-term therapy of one year or less may be sufficient for some patients, long-term therapy may be necessary for others to gain lasting benefits.

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