An informative source about the current state of Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic therapy is Jonathan Shedler's article.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a form of depth psychology, the primary focus of which is to understand psychic content and processes that are not in an individual’s conscious awareness. Once these conflicts, which cause stress, are brought to conscious awareness, it allows the therapist and patient to work collaboratively in an effort to alleviate psychic tension and distress.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy also relies on the interpersonal relationship between patient and therapist more than some other forms of psychotherapy. In terms of technique and approach, this form of therapy uses psychoanalytic principles, adapted to a less intensive style of treatment, usually at a frequency of once or twice per week.
Psychotherapy is a form of treatment of an individual’s psychological difficulties. The process involves talking with a psychologist (or another mental health professional) about the various issues in one’s life that are causing distress.
During therapy, people come to understand how their moods, feelings, thoughts, behavior and choices in response to certain life events are impacting their quality of life. In collaboration with the therapist, they learn how to better respond to life’s challenges by developing adaptive coping mechanisms.
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