The relational psychodynamic model is the framework helping people to understand their problems better by analyzing their real and imagined relations with others and reality. It promotes a better understanding of how the body, mind, and interpersonal life can be aligned and work together to resolve current problems and emotional pain and establish the basis for future improvement (Sommers-Flanagan & Sommers-Flanagan, 2018). In such a way, the given approach to psychotherapy focuses on analyzing the changes in relations, intrapsychic and extra physic conflicts, provision of support, and collaboration with a therapist. He/she should play a supportive role and be at the same level as a patient to guarantee an improved understanding of current issues and be able to use the most effective measures to address them.
The given method can be used to help people with mental disorders to feel relief or improve their state. For instance, supportive therapy focusing on relations and their change might help individuals to understand the major causes of their problems or their wrong representations about particular issues (Agresti, n.d.). Additionally, in real practice, it is vital to support healthy defenses, such as emotional self-regulation, self-sufficiency, and forgiveness (Agresti, n.d.). At the same time, it is vital to address cognitive distortions by using the basics of the relational psychodynamic model. If a person thinks that no one loves him/her, it is vital to focus on this problem by analyzing the existing natural and imagined relations and discussing them with a patient. Furthermore, setting clear goals might help to improve psychotherapy outcomes as the client will acquire an improved vision of expected results and move in the necessary direction (Agresti, n.d.). Another technique is positive reinforcement implying that individuals should want to repeat the desired behavior in the future, which is necessary for the improvement of their current condition (Agresti, n.d.). These methods can be effective in real-life conditions and promote better outcomes.
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Sommers-Flanagan, J., & Sommers-Flanagan, R. (2018). Counseling and psychotherapy theories in context and practice: Skills, strategies, and techniques (3rd ed.). Wiley.