Is Psychotherapy Effective?
Studies support the use of psychodynamic therapy for anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder and substance-use disorders.
There is now enough research available to support the claim that psychodynamic therapy is an evidence-based treatment with effect sizes similar to, or superior to, those reported for other psychotherapies.
It is encouraging that the benefits of psychodynamic therapy are reported not only to endure after therapy ends but to increase with time. This suggests that insights gained during psychodynamic therapy may equip clients with psychological skills that grow stronger with use.
Shedler, J. (2010). The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. American Psychologist, 65(2), 98-109.