Quickbite: Asking for a psychodynamic psychotherapy opinion in general psychiatry

by Dr Jon Patrick


Last reviewed: September 2019


Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a medium- to long-term psychological intervention for patients with complex mental health problems and personality disturbance.


This evidence-based treatment is set within a relational framework, i.e. the patient’s presentation is placed within the context of their styles of relating to themselves, others and the world around them.


Psychodynamic therapy can be useful for:


  • direct treatment of patients – in groups or individually


  • assessment of patients’ difficulties to aid in understanding them


  • assisting teams in their long-term management of complex patients.


Not everyone will benefit from this type of therapy, but this module will enable you to identify potential candidates for referral, and feel more confident in asking for a psychodynamic opinion.


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