Whether you’re new to psychodynamic therapy or a long-term client, it’s important to know that psychodynamic therapy is effective and evidence-based.

Below are links to resources that are regularly recommended by psychodynamic psychotherapists. This list is continually being updated. We are happy to receive feedback on items for inclusion at content@psychodynamiccanada.org.

You may also want to visit our Evidence page for links to academic articles and books.

Therapy Wars: The Revenge of Freud

The Guardian - January 7, 2016

Cheap and effective, CBT became the dominant form of therapy, consigning Freud to psychology’s dingy basement. But new studies have cast doubt on its supremacy – and shown dramatic results for psychoanalysis. Is it time to get back on the couch?

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Psychodynamic Therapy: There’s More to it Than Lying on a Couch Talking About Your Childhood

The Conversation - Jan 6, 2016

When it comes to more deep-seated psychological problems, new research suggests that psychodynamic psychotherapy – in which the therapist and patient form a therapeutic relationship where the patient can begin to think about and understand their past and present relationships with others and consider new ways to relate to people – can be effective.

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The Gift Of Therapy by Irvin Yalom

"A book aimed at enriching the therapeutic process for a new generation of patients and counselors, Yalom’s Gift of Therapy is an entertaining, informative, and insightful read for anyone with an interest in the subject." - Harper Collins Canada

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You are Not Your Depression by Karin Porter

"You are Not Your Depression challenges the feelings of hopelessness experienced by the depressed and offers practical suggestions about how to use their resources to deal with the dark periods. Karin Porter discusses everything from getting out of bed in the morning to healthy nutrition, to using talismans to stay in touch with feelings of optimism. She puts the depressed person in touch with the larger picture of life so easily lost when depression descends." - FriesenPress

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Hold Me Tight by Sue Johnson

"Heralded by the New York Times and Time as the couples therapy with the highest rate of success, Emotionally Focused Therapy works because it views the love relationship as an attachment bond.

This idea, once controversial, is now supported by science, and has become widely popular among therapists around the world. In Hold Me Tight, Dr. Sue Johnson presents Emotionally Focused Therapy to the general public for the first time. Johnson teaches that the way to save and enrich a relationship is to reestablish safe emotional connection and preserve the attachment bond. With this in mind, she focuses on key moments in a relationship-from “Recognizing the Demon Dialogue” to “Revisiting a Rocky Moment” — and uses them as touch points for seven healing conversations.

Through case studies from her practice, illuminating advice, and practical exercises, couples will learn how to nurture their relationships and ensure a lifetime of love." - Hachette Book Group

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In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction By Dr. Gabor Maté

"In this timely and profoundly original book, writer and physician Gabor Maté looks at the epidemic of various addictions in our society, tells us why we are so prone to them and outlines what is needed to liberate ourselves from their hold. Starting with a dramatically close view of Maté's drug addicted patients, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts weaves in stories of real people while providing a bold synthesis of clinical experience, insight and cutting-edge scientific findings. A haunting, compassionate and deeply personal examination of the nature of addiction." - Penguin Random House Canada

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