Unlike cognitive behavioral therapies which aim to reduce or eliminate symptoms,
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy focuses on unconscious processes as they are manifested in a person’s present behavior. The psychodynamic approach enables the client to examine unresolved conflicts and symptoms that arise from past dysfunctional relationships and manifest themselves in the present.
Psychodynamic therapists help clients find patterns in their emotions, thoughts, and beliefs to gain insight into their current behavior. These patterns often begin in childhood since psychodynamic theory holds that early life experiences are extremely influential in the psychological development and functioning of an adult.
Goals of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Therapy
The main goals of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy are to (1) enhance the client’s self-awareness and (2) foster understanding of the client’s thoughts, feelings, and beliefs in relation to their past experiences, especially his or her experiences as a child. This is accomplished by the therapist guiding the client through the examination of unresolved conflicts and significant events in the client’s past. (Source: WebMD, 2014)
If you believe you would benefit from Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, please contact me today. I would be happy to speak with you about how I may be able to help.