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Psychodynamic therapy

When you first think of treatment for depression, you might also think of the famous psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. Psychodynamic therapy originated with Freud and is also sometimes called insight-oriented therapy because it involves looking back into your childhood to help you understand yourself.

It is less structured than other forms of psychotherapy, so you have plenty of room to freely associate and make connections between the difficult things that you experienced in your past and the way you cope with challenges now.

You’ll work with your therapist to identify your defense mechanisms and relationship issues. Your therapist will also help you to uncover important information about yourself that shows up during your interactions in therapy.


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The idea behind the psychodynamic approach is that as you identify recurring patterns in your life and develop your ability to self-reflect. You are better able to know what your stumbling blocks are and develop the tools to address them.

Quick review of Psychodynamic therapy

  • Exploratory & open-ended
  • Longer-term relationship building with the therapist
  • Uncovers links between early life events, defense mechanisms & patterns

Сalmerry. (2023, February). Healing From Depression: Which Treatment is Right for You? Retrieved September 15, 2023, from Calmerry – website: