Psychodynamic therapy shares core principles of psychoanalysis but is less intensive and focuses mainly on immediate problems and solutions. In the same way as psychoanalysis it can provide benefits – helping people with a range of psychological disorders to make marked adaptations in their decision making and interpersonal relationships.
Psychodynamic therapy aims to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness – helping us identify, experience and understand deeply hidden feelings in order to assist with resolving them. Psychodynamic therapists use similar techniques to psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic therapy such as free association, therapeutic transference and interpretation.
What is Psychodynamic Therapy and how can it can help?
This form of therapy works on the premise that our unconscious retains painful feelings and memories, which have been too difficult for the conscious mind to process. Commonly people will then develop defences including denial and projections as a way of ensuring these memories and experiences remain buried and cannot enter the conscious mind. Although these are acts of self defense in general terms they commonly do more harm than good.
While this form of therapy share core principles of psychodynamic counselling it is generally far less intensive and instead focuses on immediate issues and attempts to identify quicker solutions. However it tends to provide similar benefits in assisting individuals with a range of psychological disorders with steps to changing their decision-making and interpersonal relationships.