Psychodynamic Therapy focuses on the recurring patterns of the client’s emotions, thoughts, and beliefs, and how those patterns can be understood in the context of one’s life experiences, particularly in childhood. Psychodynamic Therapy is based on various theories such as Object Relations, Psychoanalysis, Ego Psychology, and Self Psychology.
The psychodynamic therapist provides a neutral, accepting place where the client can explore their internal experience, relational history and here-and-now interactions with the therapist. In doing so, the therapist can help uncover unresolved conflicts and unmet needs that may be driving the client’s expectations, interpretations, and responses to others. Part of this process may include identifying defense mechanisms the client may be using to avoid contact with unpleasant feelings, thoughts, or experiences, such as denial. By making these automatic, unconscious processes more explicit, the client gains the freedom to reformulate rigid or unhelpful beliefs and respond more flexibly in their life.
Psychodynamic therapy can help with:
- Relationship Problems
- Eating Disorders
- Lack of Life Meaning
- Anxiety Disorders