What is ‘Psychodynamic’ psychotherapy & counselling?
‘Psychodynamic’ refers to a psychotherapeutic approach which combines all the theories which agree that current behaviour is determined by unconscious and past experiences.
This means that psychodynamic therapy and counselling draws from the teachings of Freud, Alder and Jung, amongst others.
What does psychodynamic therapy look like in practise?
In psychodynamic therapy, you are encouraged to talk about your childhood relationships with parents and other significant people in order to understand issues and tensions in your current life.
Importantly, a psychodynamic approach enables you to examine unrecognised needs which may be driving current negative behaviour and symptoms.
How can psychodynamic therapy help me?
Framework of psychodynamic therapy and counselling:
- Emphasising the importance of unconscious conflicts and their relation to your current state of mind and behaviour
- Promoting an understanding of defense as a natural protective mechanism to avoid such conflicts
- Adhering to the well-researched notion that human psychological issues develop from early childhood experiences
- Maximising a trusting relationship with your therapist to resolve issues surrounding personal interactions
- Using ‘free association’ to explore your internal problems and conflicts
What issues can psychodynamic therapy & counselling help me with?
- Work-life problems
- Relationship issues
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Eating disorders
- Low-self esteem