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Posted by rose - Ms. Sue on Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 10:18pm.

Psychotherapy is a method used to treat mental and emotional disorders. People who suffer from these disorders talk to a mental health professional about their concerns and other related issues through a series of scheduled sessions. This method can also be referred to as counseling.

Psychodynamic psychotherapy deals with the subconscious by raising the awareness of unconscious thoughts and behaviors. In essence, the purpose of the psychodynamic approach is to teach the patients new insights and methods of conflict resolution by exploring their thoughts and past, as well as offering support that will enable them to live a happier life. This form of treatment is one of the most commonly used types of psychotherapy because it is conducted in an office setting, sitting face-to-face with a therapist, it is less intense and the treatments are shorter.

Contrary to the psychodynamic method, the humanistic-existential approach does not deal with what happened in the past, but it focuses on an individual sense of purpose or meaning in life. In the humanistic-existential form of treatment, the therapist does not make interpretation or attempt to change the client’s behavior. The therapist’s main objective is to show acceptance and allow them to choose.

Many types of psychotherapy are available. They are all valid in their own way; some focus on changing current behavior patterns, and others focus on understanding past issues. Although they use different methods, they have a similar goal which is to help people cope with every day issues and achieve mental health. It is really up to the individual to determine what method best suiting them.

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