Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic Therapy

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Psychodynamic Therapy

Overview of the Article

The article poses a discussion on the implications of online and offline therapeutic technique. According to the author, the use of the internet in psychoanalysis has increased all over the world. However, the effects of the therapy are said to be different from those of the traditional form of therapy. Video conferencing has been cited as one of the main forms of internet communication that has allowed for the therapy(Cook, et al., 2010). The article applauds the use of the internet and other communication methods like telephone in performing therapy to patients as being effective in discussing matters that a person would not during a traditional therapy session. The article summarizes the views of different analysts in regards to psychoanalysis and the benefits the different forms of communication have brought to the practice (Scharff, 2013). The author however does not explicitly favor the internet but indicates that the context of the patient favors a method employed in the process of therapy.

Population under Consideration

Population under consideration in this article is the patients. The author of the article is expounding on the different means of communication with the patient during psychodynamic psychotherapy(Migone, 2013). According to the article, different forms of communication may have different effects on the patients. The author indicates the need to understand the needs of the patients so as to determine the method to use while administering the therapy.

Specific Intervention Used

The author does not praise the use of the internet over the traditional method but tries to discuss some of the views of the analysts engaged in psychological studies. However, it is clear that most of these analysts discussed in the article are for the modern method of communication with the patients that also includes the use of the internet. The intervention being discussed by the author is not a new one. It was introduced years ago but has continued to be of importance to psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Author’s Claims

The author claims that the form of communication employed during therapy determines the effectiveness of the entire process. The author also argues that the context in which a patient in also determines the form of communication that will be applied in performing psychodynamic psychotherapy (Barak, 1999). The author does not dismiss the traditional method of therapy but in a major way claims the importance of modern communication in the process(Carlino, 2011). The author claims that the modern communication methods like the internet and the telephone have played a major role in improving therapy. The author also argues that the form of therapy also works to reduce costs and is stress free, Patients are able to open up to therapists through the telephone or the internet as most of the times, the physical presence of therapists frightens.

Finding and Outcomes

The findings and outcomes indicate that psychodynamic psychotherapy has been improved over the years due to the development of new methods of communication. People are adopting the new methods of communication in almost all their practices. Care and therapy has been changed by these methods in a positive way. Effectiveness of the new methods of communication with the patients has been felt far and wide (Migone, 2013). Professionals can offer help to patients in any region of the world and at any time of the day due to the introduction of these methods(Carlino, 2011). The findings and the outcomes shows that the modes of communication are effective and I can therefore translate them into practice with my own clients. The first way is through the use of internet to reach to clients who are in far locations. The use of telephone in psychodynamic psychotherapy and communication with patients in times when it is hard to meet them for example during the night is another viable way.

Whether Limitations of the Study may affect the ability to use the Findings

Limitation of the study includes regions not covered by these new forms of communication like the internet but has patients who need help (Carlino, 2011). People who are illiterate in terms of using the internet and other forms of communication are some limitation to the study(Migone, 2013). However, it is important to note that at least, 9 out of 10 patients can afford a phone. The phone is also another way that therapy can be done. It is important to note that therapy is more of communication. It is therefore clear that the limitations to the study might not impact the ability to use the findings as presented in the article.


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