Psychodynamic Therapy (also known as “psychoanalytic” or “dynamic” psychotherapy) is based on the premise that the past significantly shapes the present. This therapeutic model explores family patterns, childhood development stages and the formative teenage years. According to psychodynamic therapy, the way an individual solves relationship issues early on can profoundly impact the formation of that individual’s adult personality.
At any previous life stage, a person may have become “stuck” in a way of reacting or problem solving that is not all that adaptive or effective. As an adult, these same limiting patterns often play out, time and again, automatically and reflexively. These “hidden” patterns may interfere with the client’s ability to have intimate relationships with others, bounce back from rejection or maximize career potential.
Psychodyamic therapy can help the client overcome challenges with:
- Depression and Sadness
- Anxiety and Stress
- Social Fears
- Sexual Issues
- Anger Management
- Parenting Issues
- Workplace Stress and Career “Ruts”
- Romantic Relationships and Close Friendships
- Substance Issues
Psychodynamic psychotherapy works by making the unconscious conscious. The treatment process allows the client to get in touch with previously suppressed feelings, desires and thoughts, helping him recognize how these unconscious aspects greatly affect the way he thinks, reacts, feels and relates in the Here and Now.
Psychodynamic treatment is often the treatment of choice for already high-functioning clients who desire to know themselves deeply, “from the inside out,” and take greater personal responsibility for their lives and daily experience. Psychodynamic therapy is frequently combined with aspects of other approaches, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy.