A growth-enhancing therapy that seeks to expand your understanding of self and others and to enhance your personal potential. The development of self-understanding helps to alleviate problems in living and psychological distress.
Results tend to be stable and long lasting.
Session content includes discussion of past and current relationships, symptoms, dreams, fantasies, and your thoughts and feelings about the therapist (called 'transference').
Frequency of sessions is typically twice-weekly or more.
Requires a substantial commitment and is typically a long-term approach.
The goal is to eliminate or reduce a very specific, narrowly defined problem (for example, a child's temper tantrums). While insight sometimes results, the goal is behavior change.
Most successful with people who are psychologically healthy and have satisfying and supportive relationships. In addition, you must be able to define, very specifically, what you want to accomplish.
Not usually a good choice for problems that are severe, life threatening, or have existed for a long time.
An efficient treatment, having a clearly defined beginning and end.
Results are not always stable and long lasing. There may be a substitution of one symptom for another (for example, the child no longer has temper tantrums, but begins to wet the bed).
You can expect specific tasks or homework assignments between sessions.
Session content usually includes discussion of the problem, attempted solutions, and outcome of homework assignments. Your past, except as it relates to the current problem, is not a typcial focus.