What is Psychodynamic Therapy?
I am a psychodynamic therapist. Psychodynamic therapy is based on the idea that we all have a tendency to repeat patterns of behaviour that we are both conscious and unconscious of, and that our past effects our present.
Imprints from our parents/caregivers throughout our infancy and childhood shape our conscious and unconscious thoughts, affecting our choice of relationships, creating coping mechanisms and defences, and influencing how we behave with others. In effect it is a template from which we live our lives.
By coming to therapy a person can begin to understand their underlying pain and hopefully by encountering a different type of relationship with the therapist, the person can start to learn a different way of being or to at least become aware of their unconscious processes thereby having a choice to do things differently.
The counselling process itself is a combination of solid reliable boundaries, a non-judgemental space to talk, and a therapist who will hold and contain your fears and anxieties, allowing you to experience a safe, reliable and holding environment.
You can read more about my different ways of working here.