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Effectiveness of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

 
When an individual is interested in beginning treatment you may wonder which kind of treatment is most effective for me?  

A prevalent belief, one that I often hear, is that Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT) is the treatment of choice for depression and anxiety in comparison to psychodynamic therapy because it is one of a few "empirically supported/evidence based" therapies and frequently promoted by heath care administrators (insurance companies) and policy makers.  

"The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy" article contends that this form of treatment is as effective as other forms of therapies (CBT, general psychotherapy, Anitdepressant medication).  Importantly empirical findings indicate, in a comparison to other forms of therapy, patients who are treated with psychodynamic/ psychoanalytically psychotherapy appear to continue to experience therapeutic gains and improve after treatment ends and "nonpsychodynamic therapies may be effective, in part, because the more skilled practioners utilize techniques that have long been central to psychodynamic theory and practice."  

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