Psychodynamic therapy is a psychological treatment that can help people with emotional and relationship difficulties. One of the main ideas in Psychodynamic therapy is that when something is very painful we often try to ignore it, push it away and build up defines to ‘protect’ ourselves from the memory. However, some experiences in the past can continue into adulthood and impact on the way we feel and behave which in turn can lead to relationship difficulties. An example would be if someone was rejected by a parent at a young age, they may have pushed the pain away but as an adult they either withdraw from relationships or enter into (unconsciously) unhealthy relationships with a high chance of getting rejected.
Psychodydnamic therapy aims to increase self awareness bringing the unconscious mind to consciousness, helping people to become aware and understand deep rooted feelings of their past in order to resolve them.
Who can benefit from Psychodynamic Therapy?
Psychodynamic therapy can help with a wide range of problems including anxiety, trauma, eating problems, low self esteem, grief and relationship difficulties.
Length of therapy sessions:
Psychodynamic psychotherapy usually involves regular, weekly, 50-minute appointments. If you have a more straightforward problem, you may only need a few weeks or months of therapy. If your problems are more complicated – or long-standing – you may have to carry on for several months or longer.