Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Core Principles of Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is based on the idea that the past has an impact on your experiences and feelings in the present. This theory also suggests that important relationships, perhaps from your early childhood, set a pattern for how you relate to other people later in life.

The therapeutic relationship is central to psychodynamic therapy as it can demonstrate the manner in which the client interacts with his or her friends and loved ones. The therapist usually aims to be as neutral as possible, giving little information about themselves. This makes it more likely that important relationships (past or present) will be reflected in the relationship between you and the therapist. This gives an important insight for you and the therapist to help you to work through your difficulties.

In psychodynamic therapy, therapists help people review emotions, thoughts, early-life experiences, and beliefs to gain insight into their lives and their present-day problems and to evaluate the patterns they have developed over time. Recognizing recurring patterns helps people see the ways in which they avoid distress or develop defense mechanisms as a method of coping so that they can take steps to change those patterns.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy has a strong evidence base and is recommended by NICE, (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence)