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What is Psychodynamic Therapy?

Updated: Oct 11


Psychodynamic therapists work with people to explore their history, their relationships, and their core self with the goal of gaining understanding. We then help clients use this understanding to make changes that give them better relationships going forward, stronger self-esteem, and long term symptom relief. A keystone of psychodynamic therapy is the relationship between the client and the therapist. That healthy relationship becomes the stage on which the client gets to try out new ways of being in a safe and supportive space. Sometimes when clients get to the change phase, I pull interventions from CBT, or DBT, or ACT. I also like to use Internal Family Systems to help clients gain perspective and stay objective. But I always come back to center - relationship, understanding, and long-term growth.


https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2010/01/psychodynamic-therapy


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