Psychodynamic therapy, also known as insight-oriented therapy, focuses on a client’s unconscious processes and helps the client to understand how these may be manifesting in a person’s present behaviours or relationships. The goals of psychodynamic therapy are to increase a client’s self-awareness of their ‘self’, patterns of relating and understanding of the influence of the past on the present.
A psychodynamic approach is exploratory in its nature this enables the client to examine unresolved conflicts and symptoms that arise from past relationships but may be present in the here and now.
A central aim of the psychodynamic approach is to help the client to become more aware and to bring unconscious feelings into consciousness. The therapists role is to help clients to gain a deeper understanding and insight into aspects of themselves previously unknown. This is achieved by bringing unconscious processes, resistances, defences, conflicts and feelings to the surface in a safe and compassionate manner.
Due to the nature of this work it can be a longer-term commitment, and often over a period of months, delivered weekly/ fortnightly in 50-minute sessions.