Harvard Mental Health Letter

Merits of psychodynamic therapy

The research suggests that benefits of this therapy increase with time.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has emerged, both in the research literature and in the media, as a "first among equals" in psychotherapy — most often studied and most frequently cited in news reports. CBT seeks to change conscious thoughts and observable behaviors by making patients more aware of them. But considerable research also supports the efficacy of other types of psychotherapy, in particular psychodynamic therapy. In fact, a review in American Psychologist cited evidence that psychodynamic therapy is just as effective as CBT, and that the benefits may increase over time.

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