What Is Psychodynamic Therapy?
Psychodynamic therapy is rooted in bringing forth the unconscious drivers or defences that a person uses within their interactions. This form of therapy recognises that many of these unconscious interactions are from experiences the person has had in their early childhood. The relationship with the therapist may elicit transference or counter-transference which will unearth life issues and dynamics. Another focus within the therapy is that of ‘free association’ whereby internal conflicts and problems are expressed through the honest sharing of the trail of consciousness.
How it works
Often a therapist will meet with the person once or twice a week and through developing a relationship certain unconscious mental content will come to the foreground. Once the relationship is established the therapist can work with the person to develop insight into how their conscious or unconscious drives and defences are impacting on their ability to build and maintain relationships with others in their lives.