One of the most popular forms of treatment for depression, anxiety, and related concerns has traditionally been that of psychotherapy, and psychodynamic psychotherapy, which borrows from many schools of thought and places a particular emphasis on exploring emotions and patterns of behavior, is among the most popular types of therapy administered to clients. Still, there are many critics of psychodynamic treatment who have voiced their preference for other approaches to psychological concerns, and the quest to address these objections with clear and in-depth scientific research has been slow yet earnest. Recently, the journal American Psychologist published a study that incorporates the work of several other studies performed on psychodynamic psychotherapy, and which provides significant evidence for the efficacy of this treatment both during session periods and in the long term.
The study was met with significant zeal from professionals hoping for a greater attention to scientific research within the field, and the work may help therapists reach a greater number of people with their work through increased awareness of the potential benefits of treatment. Dubbed a “meta-study,” the research examined the results of other projects aimed at ascertaining whether treatment had a positive effect, and for how long; comparing the results and placing them within a unified context yielded the conclusion that psychodynamic psychotherapy is a viable response to some psychological concerns, and may prove beneficial well into the future –up to three years of follow-up results were tracked.
As the scientific momentum picks up in relation to psychodynamic treatment and other therapies, researchers are exploring the experience of empathy in sessions and delving into challenging like the client-therapist relationship, all of which are bound to help shed more light on what has long been held by some as a promising source of help for many of those in need.
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