What is Psychodynamic Therapy

What is Psychodynamic Therapy?

Psychodynamic therapy helps clients understand and resolve their problems by increasing awareness of their inner world and its influence over relationships both past and present. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, which are too difficult for the conscious mind to process. In order to ensure these memories and experiences do not surface, many people will develop defences, such as denial and projections. According to psychodynamic therapy, these defences will often do more harm than good. The aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness – helping you to unravel, experience and understand your true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them.

Therapy tends to look at experiences from your early childhood to see if these events have affected within your life, or potentially contributed to current concerns, with the aim of offering insight and resolution. Helping you understand your past and how events from early life could be affecting you now. Sessions will vary according to where you are in the course of your therapy.

This form of therapy is considered as long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the concern being explored. However, short duration off sessions can also be considered. Sessions are usually at the minimum of once a week but can be up to three times a week if required.

"Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us" (David Richo)

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