This approach gives you the opportunity to look deeper into your problems. It can help with a wide range of conditions such as persistent depression, anxiety and various addictions.
In psychodynamic therapy, your therapist will help you express feelings and thoughts and, at times, explore past life experiences, to gain insight into difficulties you may be experiencing in your current life. Over time, your therapist will support you to bring unconscious thoughts into consciousness and help untangle experiences to better understand deep-rooted feelings, thoughts and impulses. Recognising recurring patterns can help to see the ways in which distress has been avoided or defence mechanisms developed as a way of coping.
Psychodynamic therapy is open-ended and there is an emergent quality to the work which means that there is space for the therapy to develop over time and will continue as long as you feel necessary.
Several research studies have been published attesting to the treatment’s ability to bring about lasting beneficial change.
Psychodynamic therapy is available on both a short- and long-term basis. Brief psychodynamic therapy is goal-oriented and runs for 16 sessions (see DIT), whereas long-term psychodynamic therapy may take a year or more.
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