Psychodynamic Therapy Focuses on Understanding How Past Experiences May Impact Our Daily Lives
Psychodynamic therapy involves talking about what’s going on in your life now, what’s happened to you in the past, and how your past experiences can affect how you think, feel and behave in the present day.
We aim to help you make connections between the past and the present so that you can become more aware of how you may be using past experiences to ‘code’ events that happen in the present context, but may not represent the most appropriate way of acting in those current circumstances.
By doing this we can help you to reflect on how you can start to make decisions and behave based on how you are feeling now instead of what has happened in the past.
Here at the TranceForm Psychology clinic, our main psychodynamic therapy is psychoanalysis.
One of the interesting facets about psychodynamic therapy, in contrast to some of the more ‘brief directive’ therapy modalities, is that the ‘relationship’ between the therapist and the client plays a ‘crucial’ role in the therapy’s effectiveness.
You can read more about the difference between psychodynamic v directive therapies here.
During the course of the therapy, a relationship of ‘trust’ begins to develop that allows difficult or emotional past experiences to be more easily ‘discussed’ – this is particularly relevant in the case of past experiences that may have been traumatic, embarrassing or guilt-laden. This ‘special’ relationship is known as ‘Transference’ (or a transferential relationship) and in some ways become the ‘vehicle’ to solving the problems.
Psychodynamic Therapy Effectiveness
Almost all proponents of their particular therapy specialism will tell you that their therapy is the best, so it is difficult to provide a definitive answer to this question. However, there are a great many therapists who are prepared to concede that human beings do tend to deal with present day experiences in relation to past, formative experiences, and because of this, therapies that fully take into account this co-existence of past and present ‘processing’ are more likely to produce more profound results.
In fact, therapies can also be divided into two groups known as either ‘transformational’ or ‘incremental’ interventions.
Transformational therapy aims to create fundamental personal change whilst Incremental therapy looks more to providing ‘coping’ strategies for the symptoms.
Psychoanalysis falls under the category of transformational therapy.
FREE Initial Consultations for Psychodynamic Therapy
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial assessment to chat about psychodynamic therapy and how it might be suited to solving your problems.
During this 50 minute consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
At TranceForm we believe that therapy & coaching should be a collaboration between therapist and client so it’s very important to be able to meet PRIOR to agreeing any kind of help. Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking therapy with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
For most mental health issues we recommend following our 10 session Tranceformental CBT Programme (an advanced version of empirically established Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to overcome a wide range of mental health and behavioural problems.
CBT is a proven, evidence-based form of therapy for developing a fundamental level of understanding into the dynamics of your problem, but also for learning new coping skills and strategies for sustainable change over your life.
Tranceformental CBT is available On-line as well as a one-to-one format in the clinic.
Visit Online Counselling for more details.