What is Psychodynamic Therapy?

There are times in our lives where we can feel overwhelmed and concerned about our mental wellbeing. Psychodynamic treatment can help us understand ourselves more clearly and diminish our psychological suffering and improve our health and general well-being. An experience of loss can often act as a catalyst for seeking out psychological help. The loss may be actual, as in the death of a person, but it may be another kind of loss that we are experiencing; such as when we feel we have lost a sense of ourselves. Psychodynamic treatment is a form of therapy that is rooted within psychoanalysis. The aim of Psychodynamic treatment, as it is within Psychoanalysis, is to uncover the specific meaning of our experience as well as its impact and influence upon the various aspects of our lives. There may be instances when we experience a lack of resolution or we sense a particular unease concerning an aspect of our life that we intuitively feel requires attention and therefore revisiting and exploring. Amongst other things, psychodynamic therapy is a process that holds in mind several key factors, firstly, understanding the specific nature of our experience and secondly, acknowledging the influence of the past.

Understanding the Specific Nature of our Experience

No two people experience the same event in the same way. No matter how equally we attend to a situation, there is no single definitive response to it. An event has a unique, and personal meaning that reflects and shapes how we come to understand and engage with the world. Psychodynamic therapy is a process of giving attention and importance to our experiences if we are looking to gain a greater understanding of ourselves, our relationships and our world.

Acknowledging the Influence of the Past

To know ourselves deeply, it can be useful to understand the relationship between our early experiences and our life in the present. The past exerts a powerful and complex influence upon our sense of self, our relationships and our lives. Psychodynamic therapy can be a useful way to explore how the past actively shapes our understanding and therefore our actions and reactions to the world in and around us. Until we can see how the past influences our lives it can be difficult to know what changes we need to make in the present.

What to Expect

When we meet, you can tell me about yourself and what it is that has brought you here. You may have some questions that are on your mind about how I work. After the initial meeting you may want a few more preliminary sessions to help you decide on whether working together will be useful. A desire to understand yourself better, and perhaps function better in the world may be sufficient motivation to engage in psychodynamic treatment. Psychotherapy can help address anxiety and depression, managing loss and family related issues. It can also be helpful in attending to trauma and self-destructive behaviour, self-harming and suicidal thoughts, as well as themes of meaning and transiency. I offer short-term therapy as well as longer term treatment.

I charge £50 per session of 50 minutes and I ask that you give 48 hours notice, else the charge will be the agreed fee when you cancel a session. As a registered and an accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) I am committed to practicing according to the principles and values set out in this ethical framework