What is Psychodynamic Therapy?

Psychodynamic therapy is also known as talk therapy. It’s believed that through talking, a person can learn to develop the necessary skills to help them address their problems. Its purpose is to help the client better understand and identify unconscious or unseen motivations behind their feelings and behaviors. Psychodynamic therapy can be used in conjunction with other therapeutic modalities, such as mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, motivational interviewing, and brainspotting. Much of this will be determined by the therapist and client.

Psychodynamic therapy may help the client work on better understanding their beliefs, feelings, and childhood experiences. It can be applied to individual, couples, family, and group therapy. The goal is to help the client recognize self-defeating patterns while exploring a new possible reality, one that’s not connected to their future. Much of what will be discovered is that for years, thoughts and feelings have been avoided. Becoming conscious of life patterns, thought processes, and belief systems can really help a person re-write their story.

How does it work?

Psychodynamic therapy works well for the following conditions: depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, chronic pain, and borderline personality disorder. In addition, it helps the client break self-defeating cycles by strengthening their self-understanding, helps them better understand their relationship dynamics, and helps them address the main thoughts and feelings they may be avoiding.

This therapist helps the client better understand their unconscious feelings, thoughts, and past history by exploring their problems and past childhood experiences. It’s believed that people are often motivated by unconscious thoughts. Likewise, adult personality and relationships are often the results of one’s childhood experience.

In summary, the client learns to better understand themselves and make better decisions. It’s a good approach for those being treated for depression, anxiety, and pain; especially those who have lost the meaning of life and have difficulty forming or maintaining personal relationships.