Help to heal
Psychodynamic therapy incorporates a broad range of approaches to psychotherapy. It is intended to help clients gain an understanding about the causes of their problems, and to equip them to deal with future difficulties. Much effort is made to ensure that the counselling environment is conducive to self-expression
and trust, with emphasis placed on the client-therapist relationship.
Psychodynamic Therapy has its roots in the theories of Sigmund Freud and his ideas regarding psychoanalysis. The psychodynamic approach itself was developed in the 1940s and 1950s by the Object Relations School of Psychoanalysis. Melanie Klein, Margaret Mahler
et al pioneered an approach that focused on the relationship between the client and their close friends and family. Their work proved highly significant in the field of psychodynamic counselling.
Psychodynamic therapy has evolved considerably since the teachings of Freud. Although many of his theories have less resonance to modern psychodynamic therapists, some remain pertinent: that emotional problems originate in childhood
, that these experiences can have unconscious effects and that subconscious thoughts sometimes emerge during the process of counselling/therapy.
How can it help?
The Psychodynamic approach, therefore focuses on unconscious thought processes, which manifest themselves in an individual's behaviour
. It allows the patient to explore unresolved issues and conflicts from the past that are believed to affect them in the present. Psychodynamic therapy has been used to treat a multitude of problems including depression
, social isolation and anger
Psychodynamic Counselling resources
British Association For Counselling and Psychotherapy
The Melanie Klein Trust