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What is insight-oriented psychotherapy?

Insight-oriented psychotherapy is a traditional "talk" therapy that delves into how life events, desires, past and current relationships, and unconcscious conflicts affect your feelings and contribute to your anxiety. During your treatment, you and your therapist identify compromises you've made to defend yourself against painful thoughts or emotions and examine how they relate to your current distress.

While the duration of insight-oriented therapy can be open-ended, a variation called brief dynamic therapy that is limited to a specific period (generally 12 to 20 weeks) is often used to target generalized anxiety.

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