Psychotherapy Matrix

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Appendix C

Psychotherapy Matrix

Directions: Review Module 36 of Psychology and Your Life. Select three approaches to summarize. Include examples of the types of psychological disorders appropriate for each therapy.

Psychodynamic Therapy ApproachBehavioral Approaches to TherapyCognitive Approach to Therapy Summary of ApproachPsychodynamic therapy is the idea that anxiety is seen as a symptom of an underling conflict. Also psychodynamic therapy seeks to bring unresolved past conflicts and unacceptable impulses from the unconscious into the conscious, where patients may deal with the problems more effectively. (Feldman,2010,pg.430) Psychodynamic therapy is based on the Freud’s psychodynamic approach to personality, which holds that the persons employ defense mechanisms. The most common defense mechanisms are repression, this would push threating impulses and conflicts back into the unconscious. A neurotic system is what Freud calls for a lot of anxiety that produces the unusual behavior, since it is impossible to bury conflict and impulses completely. Fraud wanted it to be possible to get rid of those unwanted conflicts and impulses by letting them out of the unconscious part of the brain and into the conscious part of the brain. Fraud wanted and assumed that this technique would help lesson anxiety so that these individuals would have a better and more effective life. Psychodynamic therapist has to face a challenge to help guide patients through their past experiences and back into their first memories. Fraud assumed that this would help the individuals on why they are producing so much anxiety in their adult lives. This will hopefully help them through their difficult times. Behavioral treatment approaches is the treatment that approaches to what builds on the basic processes of the learning, such as reinforcement and extinction, and assume that normal and abnormal behavior are both learned. (Feldman,2010,pg.433) When the...
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