Psychodynamic Counselling has roots in the theories of Sigmund Freud and works by understanding and acknowledging that most emotional problems originate in a client’s childhood, and that all experiences will have some kind of subsequent subconscious effect on an individual. Through supportive counselling you will be encouraged to identify your subconscious thoughts, and to understand how these thoughts affect your current behaviour. This is achieved by reflecting and looking inward at your feelings feelings, thoughts and reactions.
Problems like depression, anxiety, anger and social isolation can all be successfully treated and improved using some form of psychodynamic approach. This form of counselling relies on the interpersonal exchanges between counsellor and client in order to establish and develop positive strategies that you can use to create changes.
You will be encouraged to express feelings and emotions whilst l watch and listen out for clues to the root cause of a problem or issue. Alternatively, I may opt to work in a more directive manner, and will guide and lead you into specific areas of discussion, concerning your behaviour patterns, worries and issues. Because psychodynamic therapy is a slower, more detailed process you may feel a need to commit to a lengthy counselling relationship than perhaps CBT.