Defense Mechanisms in Therapy – Want to learn how about Defense Mechanisms in Therapy? Then watch this video by Halifax Psychologist, Brad Peters.

Brad describes the two main aspects of a defense mechanism: 1) they are denials or distortions of reality, and 2) they operate unconsciously (outside of our awareness). Their main function is to relieve psychological tension and anxiety about some distressing event or situation by avoidance. Examples include: repression, denial, and intellectualization. Brad gives an example of how such defense mechanisms might present in therapy and how a psychologist would work with a client from a psychodynamic perspective.

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