Psychodynamic therapy is a form of depth psychology, the primary focus of which is to uncover the unconscious content of a client's psyche to alleviate psychic tension. It has its roots in psychoanalysis, a method of psychology founded by Sigmund Freud. This approach assumes that our behavior and feelings are profoundly affected by unconscious motives, and our childhood experiences shape these unconscious motivations.
In a therapeutic setting, psychodynamic therapy aims to help clients gain self-awareness and understanding about the influence of the past on their present behavior. The client and the therapist work together to explore the client's unconscious patterns, and this process often involves exploring unresolved conflicts and unsuccessful relationships from the client's past.
One of the primary methods used in psychodynamic therapy is free association, in which the therapist encourages the client to share their thoughts freely, including dreams or fantasies, without any censoring. This could reveal significant memories, desires, or fears that have been stored in the unconscious mind.
Transference, where clients project feelings about significant people from their past onto the therapist, is another key aspect of psychodynamic therapy. This can help the therapist understand the client's interpersonal relationships and patterns of behavior.
Ultimately, the goal of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness. This can help clients to understand their own actions and behaviors, resolve conflicts from their past, improve self-esteem, and alleviate distress.
Psychodynamic therapy can be effective in treating a wide range of mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, panic disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder. It can also help people who are struggling with personal growth issues, relationship problems, and social adjustment difficulties. It's not a quick fix, but rather it is a deeper, more holistic approach that can lead to lasting self-understanding and personal growth.
How does Psychodynamic apply to you and working with Brittany Webb at Better Minds Counseling & Services?
Brittany will explore with you any unresolved past issues that are playing out into present day and contributing to anxiety, stress, or OCD symptoms.
By gaining this awareness can help foster healing and reduction of symptoms.