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What is the difference between cognitive behavioral therapy and psychodynamic therapy?

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Dr. Christopher Michael
Clinical Psychology
17 doctors agree

In brief: Focus and Method

Cbt focuses on thinking errors, negative cycles of behavior, and has more therapist-hands-on methods for directly interrupting and correcting those.
Pd therapy focuses on the fact that we are often unaware of motives and patterns, usually links them to past events, and also tends to use the relationship more openly to demonstrate how our behavior works in the here-and-now. I combine them.

In brief: Focus and Method

Cbt focuses on thinking errors, negative cycles of behavior, and has more therapist-hands-on methods for directly interrupting and correcting those.
Pd therapy focuses on the fact that we are often unaware of motives and patterns, usually links them to past events, and also tends to use the relationship more openly to demonstrate how our behavior works in the here-and-now. I combine them.
Dr. Christopher Michael
Dr. Christopher Michael
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Dr. Jason Berman
Clinical Psychology
8 doctors agree

In brief: They both can help

Here is a study in the rigorous american journal of psychiatry that shows both cbt and psychodynamic therapy help patients: http://ajp.
Psychiatryonline.Org/article.Aspx?Articleid=1688271 i would add that the two have different, but equally valid, goals. Some people who want deeper exploration will gravitate toward psychodynamic therapy and those who want behavior and thinking tools now, cbt.

In brief: They both can help

Here is a study in the rigorous american journal of psychiatry that shows both cbt and psychodynamic therapy help patients: http://ajp.
Psychiatryonline.Org/article.Aspx?Articleid=1688271 i would add that the two have different, but equally valid, goals. Some people who want deeper exploration will gravitate toward psychodynamic therapy and those who want behavior and thinking tools now, cbt.
Dr. Jason Berman
Dr. Jason Berman
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Unconscious/behavior

Psychodynamic focuses on unconscious processes and object relations processes that motivate behavior, and CBT therapists tend to focus only on observable behaviors and how to change them.

In brief: Unconscious/behavior

Psychodynamic focuses on unconscious processes and object relations processes that motivate behavior, and CBT therapists tend to focus only on observable behaviors and how to change them.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Dr. Andrew Berry
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Dr. Ernest Bordini
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Some differences

Certianly books could be, and have been written about the topic.
For a recent introductory overview of similiarities and differences see: http://cpancf.Com/articles_files/cognitivebehavioralpsychodynamictherapy.Asp.

In brief: Some differences

Certianly books could be, and have been written about the topic.
For a recent introductory overview of similiarities and differences see: http://cpancf.Com/articles_files/cognitivebehavioralpsychodynamictherapy.Asp.
Dr. Ernest Bordini
Dr. Ernest Bordini
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