What is Psychodynamic Therapy?
Psychodynamic counselling is about looking at the unconscious relationship patterns of the client which have evolved since childhood and helping the client work towards becoming ‘conscious’ of these patterns, thus allowing and promoting change.
The counsellor helps the client to understand and resolve their issues by increasing their awareness into the inner world. The inner world or unconscious as you will sometimes hear it referred to, has an influence over relationships both past and present. It differs from most other models of psychotherapy by aiming for deep seated change in personality and emotional development.
The client’s relationship with the counsellor is a fundamental part of the therapy. The counsellor offers a safe, confidential and private setting which aids the process where unconscious patterns of the client’s inner world become mirrored in the client’s relationship with the counsellor, which is known as transference. This process helps client to start to identify these patterns, thus becoming conscious of them and helps the client to develop the capacity to understand and therefore change them.
Psychodynamic counselling is not just used for people who have mental health issues, many people feel they have lost their way and are searching for a greater sense of purpose and fulfillment.
To look at the differences between psychodynamic and psychoanalytic, please visit BPC Psychoanalytic or Psychodynamic.
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