WHAT IS PSYCHODYNAMIC THERAPY?
Psychodynamic therapy focuses on the psychological roots of emotional suffering, aiming to increase client awareness and understanding of the influence of the past on present behavior. Psychodynamic therapy investigates unconscious processes as they are manifested in a person’s present behavior. Its hallmarks are self-reflection and self-examination, and the use of the relationship between therapist and patient as a window into problematic relationship patterns in the client’s life. The goals of psychodynamic therapy are a client’s self-awareness and understanding of the influence of the past on present behavior. In its brief form, a psychodynamic approach enables the client to examine unresolved conflicts and symptoms that arise from past dysfunctional relationships and manifest themselves in the tendency to repeat dysfunctional patterns. Its goal isnot only to alleviate the most obvious symptoms, but to help people lead healthier lives.
We see the central task of psychotherapy as the rewriting of a more complex and useful narrative of the patient’s life and experience. Richard F. Summers
PERVASIVNESS OF PATTERNS AND REPETITIONS FROM THE PAST
Psychodynamic therapy assists individuals in understanding how their current experiences relate to the past. Through a search for recurring patterns and a focus on the therapeutic relationship to see how conflicts are repeated, individuals are able to compose a new life narrative.