About Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy, which is often referred to as “counselling” or simply “therapy”, offers a safe and confidential space where you can speak about difficult personal issues with a qualified professional. The kind of therapy that I practice is called psychodynamic psychotherapy and it aims at helping people gain a greater understanding of their present challenges and overcoming them.
In the sessions we will understand in greater depth the problems you are facing today in the context of your past patterns and relationships. We will unpick the reasons why you might be facing the current difficulties and explore different ways forward. We will do this at your own pace and without judgement. You will have the freedom to speak about anything that is troubling you in our sessions or anything on your mind (what is called “free association”) and, with my support, we will unpick it and help you understand and face the challenge.
As a psychodynamic therapist I will also be tuned into any unconscious clues that help us to understand more of your inner world and your ways of relating to others. Some people bring their dreams to the sessions which can prove to be very effective for accessing unconscious thoughts.
Psychodynamic therapy is particularly helpful to people who wish to understand themselves and their difficulties more deeply, rather than only seeking symptom control. It is an open-ended kind of therapy, meaning that we won’t set a number of sessions at the start of the work but rather, the work will be ongoing until you feel you are ready to end our work together.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy has proven effective for a wide range of issues including:
• Depression and suicidal thoughts
• Relationship difficulties
• Work-related issues
• Sexual problems
• Issues of sexual orientation and identity
• Loss and bereavement
• Psychosomatic issues
• Issues with self-esteem and self-image
• Parenting and family issues