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Benefits are linked to the development of inner capacities and resources. Psychodynamic psychotherapy not only seeks to relieve distressing and unhelpful symptoms but also works to develop and strengthen inner resources and capacities to improve the overall quality of life.
Another significant benefit repeatedly emerged in the studies Shedler looked at. He found “…the benefits of psychodynamic therapy not only endure but increase with time…” whereas in other non psychodynamic therapies the benefits deteriorated over time.
Each meta analysis Shedler examined demonstrated the same enduring benefits. The contributing studies covered a wide range of conditions including depression, anxiety, personality disorders, somatic disorders and other complex mental disorders.http://www.psychsystems.net/shedler.html
There are now outcomes available from two studies that followed up patients with borderline personality disorders 5 years after the completion of psychodynamic psychotherapy. These studies demonstrate very significant enduring benefits that no other treatment has previously shown.
It is unfortunate that until very recently there has been little research about the efficacy of psychodynamic psychotherapy. This is in contrast to the extensive research available about the outcomes of other therapies, especially cognitive therapies. This article describes key points about psychodynamic psychotherapy. It outlines goals that target the relief of symptoms and goals that foster underlying structural change. Finally, it points to the growing evidence that the benefits of psychodynamic therapy endure and increase over time.
If you would like to experience the benefits of psychodynamic psychotherapy for you or someone close to you and would like to start to make changes you can contact Talking Therapy.