International Journal of Mental Health

Combining Psychodynamic and Phenomenological Approaches in Psychotherapy: Ways to Improve Effectiveness

Gestalt psychotherapyResearchExpert opinionEnglish
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Abstract

Discusses the integration of psychodynamic, phenomenological, and behavioral approaches in the development of psychotherapy. It is stated that the psychodynamic model of person-oriented (reconstructive) therapy, in order to improve its effectiveness, has broadened to assimilate phenomenological principles of the causality and interpretation of morbid disorders. The capability of Gestalt therapy, a branch of humanist psychology, to integrate causal and analytic approaches is argued. It is said that integrating these principles enables optimum effectiveness in working on the patient's problems and restoring the connections between current behavior and difficulties in social functioning and past life experience. Techniques of Gestalt therapy in individual and group person-oriented psychotherapy are presented. It is concluded that an optimal psychotherapeutic intervention should combine causal and phenomenological approaches

APA citation

Aleksandrov, A. (1997). Combining Psychodynamic and Phenomenological Approaches in Psychotherapy: Ways to Improve Effectiveness. International Journal Of Mental Health, 26(2), 21-29. http://doi.org/10.1080/00207411.1997.11449396