What’s the difference between psychodynamic therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)? | Zencare

What’s the difference between psychodynamic therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)?

Psychodynamic therapy focuses on understanding how past experiences play a role in your present behavior, relationships, and thought patterns. Psychodynamic therapy is often helpful for challenges related to relationships, trauma, family life, parenting, life transitions, and existential questions.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a structured approach to helping clients build coping skills to manage difficult thoughts or behaviors. CBT is often used for anxiety and mood disorders, behavioral changes including weight management and smoking cessation, and ADHD.

There are many other approaches to therapy; these are just big fields of thought. You can read more about the specific approaches a therapist uses by hovering over each modality under the “Approach” section of their profile.

Most therapists draw from many approaches and tailor the therapy to fit a client’s needs, so it may be helpful to ask what typical session looks like on an initial call. Read more on what to ask on an initial call.

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