Goals of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
The goals of psychodynamic therapy include, but extend beyond, symptom remission. Successful treatment should not only relieve symptoms (i.e., get rid of something) but also foster the positive presence of psychological capacities and resources. Depending on the person and the circumstances, these might include the capacity to have more fulfilling relationships, make more effective use of one’s talents and abilities, maintain a realistically based sense of self-esteem, tolerate a wider range of affect, have more satisfying sexual experiences, understand self and others in more nuanced and sophisticated ways, and face life’s challenges with greater freedom and fexibility. Such ends are pursued through a process of self-reﬂection, self-exploration, and self-discovery that takes place in the context of a safe and deeply authentic relationship between therapist and patient.