One grows or dies. There is no third possibility.

Oswald Spengler (1880-1936)

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Psychodynamic psychotherapy (a form of depth psychology) is based on psychoanalytic principles and works with conscious and unconscious processes. It primarily focuses on revealing the unconscious content of an individual’s psyche in an effort to alleviate internal tension and conflict. This is often done by exploring an individual’s past (with particular attention to experiences from early childhood and formative years) to gain insight and understanding about how these have come to impact on the individual’s adult life. This process can bring into awareness what drives and motivates us to feel, think, and behave the way we do, and an assessment can then be made as to what is useful and what needs to be changed or managed in a more productive way.

Problems seldom occur in isolation. Rather they usually exist in dynamic relationship between an individual and others or their external world. As a result a client’s presenting issues often manifest themselves in the therapy situation, representing what happens in the broader context of the client’s life outside the room. With this in mind, psychodynamic psychotherapy relies explicitly on the interpersonal relationship between client and therapist to explore, identify, and work through specific issues related to personal, social or organizational contexts.