Psychodynamic therapy, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, “helps people gain greater self-awareness and understanding about their own actions,” as well as helping them “identify and explore how their nonconscious emotions and motivations can influence their behavior.”

Although psychodynamic therapy was originally based on early psychoanalytical approaches pioneered by such individuals as Sigmund Freud, psychodynamic therapy today is more often used in conjuction with other types of therapy such as cognitive behavior therapy (CBT).

For more on psychodynamic therapy and other types of therapies, see this Counseling/Psychotherapy overview.

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