Chapter 1. Theoretical Models of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Peter Fonagy, Ph.D., F.B.A.; Mary Target, Ph.D.
DOI: 10.1176/appi.books.9781585623648.366000



The psychodynamic approach to psychotherapy is best understood not as a single, readily definable entity, but as an umbrella term for a range of therapeutic strategies underpinned by a variety of theoretical models that are designed to treat psychological disorders. The therapeutic strategies and the underpinning theories share common factors, although there are important differences.

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