Theoretical Models of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Introduction | Freudian Psychoanalysis and Developmental Theory | The Structural Approach | Anna Freud | Margaret Mahler | Joseph Sandler | Object Relations Theory and the Klein-Bion Model | The British Independent School: Fairbairn and Winnicott | Heinz Kohut and Self Psychology | Structural Object Relations: Otto Kernberg | The Interpersonal Relational Approach | Psychoanalytic Schema Theories | Mentalization Theory | Conclusion | Key Points | References | Suggested Readings
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.