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Psychotherapy Michaela Schwartz 6/1/2011 PSY 210 Mandy Smith Psychotherapy Psychotherapies add psychological principles, such as the theory of personality, towards treatments. The psychodynamic approach was created by Dr. Sigmund Freud. Freud believes that humans carry around a certain amount of repressed memories, feelings and emotions which the person is completely unaware of until the symptoms create signs of anxiety or possibly depression. The theory behind the psychodynamic approach is that a person can bring the repressed memories to consciousness and work through them in order to alleviate the symptoms of the psychological disorder. While the psychodynamic theory may look into the past to see what is causing present symptoms, the Humanistic–Existential approach focuses on what the patient is experiencing in the here and the now. Therapists understand that a person’s past has much to do with their behavior now but they focus more on the quality of a patient’s subjective and conscious experience.
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