What is Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy?
Psychodynamic psychotherapy and counselling draw on psychoanalytic theories and practices. It is a therapeutic process which helps clients understand and resolve their problematic thoughts, feelings and behaviours by increasing awareness of their inner world and its influence over relationships past and present. It differs from most other therapies by aiming for deep-seated and lasting change in both personality and emotional development. It can contribute significantly to clients’ mental and physical health, to their sense of well-being and to their ability to manage their lives effectively.
How Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Counselling might help:
Talking is often a great relief.
Identifying sources of difficulties can clarify.
Recognising sources of conflicts can bring insight.
The relationship with the therapist may develop as an important part of the work, to further self-understanding.
Psychotherapeutic change may include some of the following:
Becoming more self-aware.
Feeling more in control of your life.
Gaining more confidence and self-esteem.
Leading a more fulfilled life.
Symptoms can often be greatly alleviated by putting words to them and understanding what lies behind them. This process can leave you with a new inner strength and become the foundation for long lasting change through insight and understanding.
A Personal Investment:
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is a personal investment, a process of exploration and personal development, offering different perspectives to those who want to learn more about themselves and live life more fully and those who want to find better ways to manage their lives. The therapeutic relationship can develop into a lively partnership which offers people an opportunity to safely explore their difficulties and aspirations. I also have a special interest in working with counselling students and trainees.
An Initial Consultation:
One of the best ways to find out if psychodynamic psychotherapy or counselling may be helpful to you is to arrange an initial consultation. In this way you can explore together with me whether it is a way of working which feels beneficial.
A part of my current practice is to offer counselling supervision within the psychodynamic model for psychodynamic student counsellors and psychotherapists or qualified practitioners who are interseted in developing clinical technique and theoretical understanding as part of their continued professional development.