Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic Psychotherapy encourages each client to explore beyond the immediate and logically obvious reasons for his or her difficulties. For many, the difficulties may lie in repeating patterns of behaviour or defence mechanisms which although once an essential tool for coping with emotional distress no longer work or even hinder their ability to cope and develop in their current life situations.
Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is a non-judgmental reflective approach to therapy. It enables clients to explore past and present experience and relationships; and to consider the possible significance of these experiences on the issues that concern them now. Inevitably part of the work will involve thinking about childhood, formative years and past relationships, and to consider any potentially unresolved issues and emotions that may still, consciously or unconsciously play a part in the difficulties currently being experienced.
As with all approaches to therapy, the building of trust between the client and the therapist in a safe, confidential and supportive environment is an essential element. The therapy is a collaborative work of exploration in which the role of the therapist is neither to provide answers not to offer advice, but be an equal partner. Over time, having developed an understanding of the client's unique experience, the therapist is able to offer reflections and possible interpretations of the issues that arise. It is this individual therapeutic interaction that provides the opportunity for emotional understanding, personal insight, growth and resolution.
Although rooted in core philosophical and methodological principles, the therapeutic style and approach offered by our Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic Psychotherapists has evolved over many years of practice and may incorporate a more contemporary understanding of human experience and relationships than some traditional models.