SELF. CENTERED. THERAPY.
HOW LONG WILL I BE IN THERAPY?
Although modern therapists frequently question the distinction, it is useful to note that psychodynamic therapy and psychoanalysis differ in some ways. During psychoanalysis, patients generally attend meetings three to five days a week, whereas, in psychodynamic therapy, a patient typically sees a therapist once or twice a week.
Thus the intensity of the therapeutic relationship is greater in psychoanalysis. Both psychoanalysis and the long-term form of psychodynamic therapy may be conducted in an open-ended manner, over many years, with the patient and therapist/analyst taking as much time as they need to decide about the duration of treatment.
Short-term treatment with psychodynamic therapy, in contrast, is time-limited and usually lasts less than six months.