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Part II: Psychodynamic practice

In Part I we argued that people may become ill and present problems to a potential helper, such as a doctor, when in unbearable con¯ict with unacceptable and often unconscious aspects of themselves and their relationships or struggling with the effects of harmful early experiences. The basis of dynamic psychotherapy is the provision of a setting in which a person may begin to be reconciled with these disowned aspects of himself and his experience. Essentially, the setting for this process is the relationship with the therapist; without it, psychotherapy cannot begin.