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The psychodynamic approach is derived from psychoanalysis, but focuses on more immediate problems and solutions. It stresses the importance of the unconscious and past experience in shaping current behaviour.


A therapist will aim to build an accepting and trusting relationship, encouraging you to talk about your childhood relationships with your parents and other significant people. It also uses similar techniques to psychotherapy, including free association, interpretation and especially transference, where feelings you experienced in previous significant relationships are projected onto the therapist.

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