Psychodynamic therapy focuses on the psychological roots of emotional suffering. Its hallmarks are self-reflection and self-examination. Psychodynamic psychotherapy is effective for a wide range of mental health symptoms, including depression, anxiety, panic, and stress-related physical ailments, and the benefits of the therapy grow after treatment has ended, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. According to this research, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy brings lasting benefits through self-knowledge.
"The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy" (February–March 2010 ● American Psychologist © 2010 American Psychological Association Vol. 65, No. 2, 98 –109)
Psychodynamic Therapy, also known as Insight-oriented Therapy, focuses on unconscious processes as they are manifested in a person’s present behavior. The goals of psychodynamic therapy are a client’s self-awareness and understanding of the influence of the past on present behavior. In its brief form, a psychodynamic approach enables the client to examine unresolved conflicts and symptoms that arise from past dysfunctional relationships and often manifest themselves in the need and desire to abuse substances.