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The Psychodynamic Approach


To fully appreciate the psychodynamic approach and its potential benefits, it really needs to be experienced. Having said that, here are some pointers as to what it is about and what it might mean for you.

First of all, it considers that establishing a good therapeutic relationship with the client is a priority. It obviously needs to feel safe enough to talk about difficult issues.

This counselling approach has an emphasis on the way we relate to each other, both in the present and also in the past. This relational aspect makes it a good therapy for both individuals and for couples.

Psychodynamic therapy is a 'talking cure,' as one of Sigmund Freud's patients called it. Putting things into words can help to untangle and make sense of them - part of the process of finding meaning in our lives.

The past may still have an influence for us in the present - maybe outside our conscious awareness. We may also uncover unconscious conflicts within ourselves that are keeping us stuck in our situations; or perhaps causing problems in our relationships.

This exploration may help us get in touch with the more creative parts of ourselves, broadening our perspective and seeing more possibilities for the future.

 

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What kind of issues?

The psychodynamic approach is well suited to a wide variety of issues in counselling, including relationships, anxiety, depression, stress, anger, bereavement and other forms of loss, adoption issues, substance misuse, identity and gender issues, trauma and abuse. It can be used for individuals and for couples counselling.

It is also considered a safe and helpful way of working where difficult or traumatic events from the past are still haunting us in the present.

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Articles from blog on the psychodynamic approach

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Freedom and the chains of the unconscious
Empowering qualities in counselling


Psychodynamic links

The Freud Museum London - This was the Freud family home in Hampstead, where Freud lived and worked from 1938. See his study and couch; plus information, events, conferences and more.

 

 

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