Short-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy (STPP) is one of the most commonly employed methods of talking treatment used to treat a spectrum of mental health disorders. Based on traditional psychoanalytic principles, it is distinguished from longer term, open-ended psychodynamic treatments by the intention to conduct treatment within a time-limited number of sessions and a focus on promoting change in discrete areas of functioning. Both types of approaches focus on the impact of complex emotional states related to experiences, internal representations of relationships, and the core underlying patterns of relating to others, behaving, and handling emotions. These are seen as fundamental concepts that contribute to emotional and physical well-being as well as overall life satisfaction. The theory relies on the understanding that such patterns and processes are ...

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