The hallmarks of a psychodynamic approach to therapy include:
- Self-reflection and examination
- Exploration of the dynamics of one’s family of origin
- The use of the relationship between therapist and patient (transference and countertransference) as both a window into problematic relationship patterns in the patient’s life and an avenue of transformation
Through self-knowledge and awareness, psychodynamic psychotherapy can not only alleviate the most obvious symptoms, but help individuals lead healthier lives.