What is Psychodynamic Psychotherapy?

The practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy uses the theory of psychoanalysis pioneered by Sigmund Freud.  The key differentiator between this approach and all other therapies is a commitment to discovering and understanding the nature and character of a person’s unconscious.

A photo of Freud and his dogBoth our conscious awareness and our unconscious shape our everyday experiences. So, by exploring the role of the unconscious as part of our everyday mental life we can identify and discover thoughts, feelings, emotions, experiences and memories perhaps repressed or disguised or hidden up till now. Bringing them to the surface can be enlightening and a catalyst for change and reparation.

Clients often come to therapy already aware of certain patterns, frustrations, traits and behaviours they act out and repeat in their day to day lives. Psychodynamic psychotherapy can help the client make better sense of such processes, enabling them to see themselves and those around them in a clearer light.  Gaining a greater sense of self can in turn make for a richer and fuller life.