Psychodynamic therapy (also referred to as psychodynamic counselling) is a therapeutic treatment approach. The roots of psychodynamic therapy lie predominantly in Freud’s approach of psychoanalysis, however further development of the concept and application of psychodynamics can be credited to Carl Jung, Alfred Adler, Otto Rank and Melanie Klein.
How Does Psychodynamic Therapy Work?
Psychodynamic Therapy helps people to understand how past experiences and relationships (in particular those with their parents) influence their day to day thoughts, choices, feelings and behaviours. Distress is reduced by enabling people to disentangle themselves from unhelpful aspects of their past. Therapy tends to be open ended and carried out over the longer term (i.e. months and years).
I had a course of CBT Counselling with The Harley Psychology & Therapy Group (Richmond) and although it didn’t provide me with the quick fix miracle solution I was hoping for, it has made my problems feel more manageable.
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What the Research into Psychodynamic Therapy Says
There is some evidence to support the effectiveness of Psychodynamic Therapy but it is limited compared to other types of therapy, such as the robust evidence base for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).