Psychodynamic psychotherapy is rooted in the belief that the relationships and other experiences we have growing up significantly impact our current relationships and functioning. Increasing awareness of the impact of these past experiences and of our conscious and unconscious feelings helps us change. The development of a strong therapeutic relationship is important and can facilitate positive growth. The use of defense mechanisms, such as denial and rationalization, is explored. Therapy focuses on the intersection of past experiences, the therapy relationship, and the individual’s current problems. Other therapeutic strategies are often used in conjunction including cognitive behavioral techniques, mindfulness, etc.