Psychodynamic therapy is therapeutic practice that seeks to help clients investigate and understand the full range of their emotions, including unconscious thoughts and feelings. Although less intense than psychoanalytic therapy, psychodynamic therapy also stems from Freudian theory.
The primary focus of the psychodynamic approach is to reveal a client’s unconscious conflicts in an effort to alleviate problems. Psychodynamic therapy sessions are generally loosely structured and a client is encouraged to talk about whatever is on their mind, using a free association method. Some of the most common problems treated with psychodynamic therapy include anxiety, depression, panic disorders and stress.