Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a long-term therapeutic treatment approach that explores the interplay between unconscious internal conflicts, distressing symptoms and dysfunctional or unwanted behavior. The individual is encouraged to focus on gaining insight into their eliciting behaviors as a source of understanding the nature of their problems and the ways they cope with their interpersonal environment, stemming from the ways they have learned to behave in earlier relationships with significant persons. The goal of therapy is to help the individual acquire a more adaptive and functional response patterns.