Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic psychotherapy

Is used to help encourage clients to explore beyond the immediate and obvious reasons for his or her difficulties. For many, the difficulties lie in repeating patterns of behaviour or defence mechanisms that although once an essential tool for coping with emotional distress no longer work or even hinder their ability to manage and develop in their current life situations. This therapy type can be used short term for specific issues in a dynamic way and over a longer time span to uncover deeper seated issues that’s affecting your current experience of life.

Psychodynamic therapy (or Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy as it is sometimes called) is generally the term or name of the therapeutic approach which tries to get the client to bring to the surface their true feelings, so that they can experience them and understand them.

In therapy, a person’s habitual patterns of experiencing themselves and others, and their habitual patterns of dealing with this,  tend to emerge in the relationship and interactions with the therapist.  Attention to the patient therapist relationship is central to this type of therapy. Psychodynamic therapy sessions do not have a fixed agenda but consist of developing a conversation focusing on the “here and now” experience of both patient and therapist.

Psychodynamic psychotherapy has its origins in psychoanalytic practice and theory.  However many contemporary psychodynamic therapies differ substantially from traditional psychoanalysis (where sessions are offered several times a week often for a lengthy period and the patient lies on a couch.)