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Approaches to Psychotherapy for Psychology Students

The solution provides a detailed explanation of 5 (biomedical, psychodynamic, humanistic-existential, behavioural and cognitive) approaches to psychotherapy. The solution contains more than 400 words of text and is a step-by-step explanation of the different approaches to psychotherapy. The response also contains a website link and sources used.

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Cognitive:
The theory and method of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) were developed by Aaron Beck and outlined in a series of papers published in the 1960s. CBT development was prompted by the observation that patients referred for psychotherapy often held ingrained, negatively skewed assumptions of themselves, their future and their environment. Treatment is based on the idea that disorder is caused not by life events but by the view the patient takes of these events. It is a short-term, collaborative therapy, focused on current problems, whose goals are symptom relief and the development of new skills to encourage and maintain recovery.

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Psychodynamic:
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is an intervention where the concepts of symptom development are based on those of psychoanalysis, but the methods of therapy are adjusted for a reduced frequency of sessions and decreased number of total sessions. Supporters of this type of therapy advocate that some of the insights and opportunity for change and growth available from long-term psychoanalysis can be acheived in a shorter time and that introducing directive elements and focus on particular topics does not reduce overall effectiveness. This type of therapy also uses active therapy (compared to psychoanalysis) where therapists may say more in an attempt to allow therapy to be more structured.

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This solution is comprised of a detailed explanation of 5 different approaches to psychotherapy. Solution contains more than 400 words of text and is a step-by-step explanation of the biomedical, psychodynamic, humanistic-existential, behavioural and cognitive approaches to psychotherapy. The response also contains a website link and sources used.

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