Psychodynamic Therapy

What is Psychodynamic therapy?

Psychodynamic therapy centres around the idea that our past experiences, especially those from childhood, have a significant influence on our thoughts, emotions, and actions in the present. It recognises that unresolved conflicts and unconscious thoughts can affect our overall well-being.

When is Psychodynamic therapy used in psychology?

Psychodynamic therapy is used to assist people to explore the root causes of their emotional or mental health issues.  It can be helpful for a wide range of concerns, such as depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, and unresolved trauma.  It is especially beneficial for individuals who want to gain insight into their unconscious patterns and make lasting changes.

What can you expect in Psychodynamic therapy sessions?

In Psychodynamic therapy sessions, you will work closely with your psychologist in a safe and confidential environment. Your psychologist will encourage you to talk freely about your thoughts, feelings, and experiences, both past and present.  They will listen attentively and help you explore the underlying meanings and connections between different aspects of your life.

Your psychologist may ask open-ended questions, offer interpretations, or provide reflections to help you gain insight into unconscious thoughts and patterns.  They may also encourage you to examine your relationships and how they relate to your current struggles. The focus is on developing self-awareness and understanding the root causes of your difficulties.

Throughout the therapy process, your psychologist will provide support, empathy, and guidance.  They will help you process emotions, develop healthier coping mechanisms, and make positive changes in your life.  The goal of Psychodynamic therapy is to help you gain insight, resolve conflicts, and achieve lasting personal growth and well-being.

Remember, therapy is personalised to your unique needs and experiences. Your psychologist will adapt the approach to ensure it is respectful, empowering, and supportive of your therapeutic journey.

Reference: Summers RF & Barber JP (2009) Psychodynamic Therapy : A Guide to Evidence-Based Practice, Guilford Publications, New York. 

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