What is psychodynamic therapy?
Choosing a therapist can feel like navigating a labyrinth. It can be very confusing with all the different approaches and acronyms used.
I am going to explain psychodynamic / psychoanalytic therapy as it is a good place to start if you are looking to understand yourself better. Psychodynamic therapy stems from Sigmund Freud and its aim is to release repressed thoughts, feelings and emotions by the use of a talking therapy and free association.
Psychodynamic therapy appeals to someone who wants to understand themselves better and the root causes of their problems.
The clients can over time experience a greater sense of self-acceptance, improved self-esteem and improved understanding of their interpersonal relationships. Of course, the relationship between client and therapist is of paramount importance because the therapeutic work can only happen if trust exists between the two.
The therapist will allow the client to speak freely and will be on the lookout for behavioural trends and patterns but also how the client talks about specific subjects and what is said or not said. The therapist will reflect observations to the client and it is through this exchange that deep insight can occur. Of course, therapy is not magical and requires commitment and hard work on the client’s part.
If you are looking for a psychodynamic therapist, please check out the BACP register for a therapist in your area.
If you have any questions about therapy, I’d be happy to hear from you.
Christina Webb - Registered MBACP -