What is Psychodynamic Therapy
Part of how I work is based on Psychodynamic therapy. This is because I believe that the how you behave now is determined by past experiences, mainly from childhood. It benefits individuals with depression, anxiety, other serious psychological disorders. It aims to help you make sense of what is happening in your life now and of the feelings and thoughts and memories that are brought about by this situation. In psychodynamic therapy, these feelings, thoughts, images can be explored to gain deeper understanding of how you relate to yourself and to others.
What issues are suited for Psychodynamic Therapy?
Psychodynamic therapy have wide application. It can help with anxiety, stress in the work place, work-life imbalances, relationship issues (break-up, divorce, affairs, choosing inappropriate partners, loneliness, life adjustments, marital problems, arguments, jealousy, wedding and premarital counselling), trauma, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating problems and negative body image, depression (including suicidal thoughts, low mood, social withdrawal), phobias and fears, addiction, low self-esteem and confidence, abuse (including verbal and sexual abuse), bereavement, grief and loss. those who have lost meaning in their lives, have difficulty forming or maintaining personal relationships, those with an addiction etc. It can be used to support individuals with a wide range of issues as the focus is not the symptoms but addressing what caused it in the first place.
How I work using Psychodynamic Therapy
In order for me to help you, I need to get to know you and you to get to know yourself as well. Part of my work with you will be Life Mapping work. Life mapping work (from the Reach Approach) is a structured way of understanding your life history.
“The more we run away from the truth about ourselves the more the parts of our personality that are self-limiting and destructive remain hidden, doing untold damage in the process.”
I start by asking you to compile, in what ever format you choose what happened to you, your life experiences and family this. This will be done in stages of different age group. For example, I stat with what happened to you aged 0 – 5 then 5 – 10 etc. Don’t worry if you can’t remember much, particularly the 0 – 5 stage, we can use photos and other sources of information.
It isn’t about staying in the past, its about learning from it.
What if I would find this hard?
I understand that this could be difficult going into your past but we will only do this at your pace. I will also never ask you to disclose anything you are not ready to talk about.
I will also, during this time, try to encourage some coping and self-care skills. I believe that the more you are taking care of yourself when going through this process, the better you will cope with it.
You can do this
At your pace
Next week I will do an article on why it will benefit you.
If you wish to talk further with about this type of therapy with me, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I offer a free 15 minute, no obligation session over the phone, email or skype.