What is Psychodynamic Therapy?
Psychodynamic therapy is the psychological exploration and processing of thoughts and emotions. With its roots in psychoanalysis, psychodynamic therapy uses self-reflection and self-examination to alleviate emotional suffering without the time commitment of traditional psychoanalysis.
How Does It Work?
In psychodynamic therapy, therapists help patients gain insight into their lives and present-day problems through the evaluation of behavioral patterns developed over time. To do this, therapists review certain life factors with a person in therapy including emotions, thoughts, early-life experiences, and beliefs.
Recognizing recurring patterns can help patients understand the development of maladaptive defense mechanisms. Gaining insight into relationship patterns or reactions can help to develop healthier, more adaptive relationships and behavior patterns.
The therapeutic relationship is central to psychodynamic therapy. Known as the therapeutic alliance, your relationship with your therapist can reveal how you may interact with friends, family and loved ones in your life.
Is Psychodynamic Therapy Right for Me?
Psychodynamic Therapy can be applied to just about any psychological diagnosis or presenting problem including depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship issues. Patients who best benefit from psychodynamic processing tend to be interested in gaining insight into how their past life experiences currently effect their maladaptive behavior patterns and exploring how their “go-to” reactions may be based on beliefs or experiences from their past.