I use a psychoanalytic/psychodynamic lens in my work. Within that, every treatment is specific to each individual and determined by the relationship we will develop. Psychodynamic therapy assumes we may not be conscious of some of the conflicts and beliefs that determine thoughts, feelings and actions. Sometimes these unconscious factors cause distress, unhappiness, a feeling of being ‘stuck,’ difficulties in work or relationships or finding oneself in the same situation again and again.Psychodynamic therapy provides ways of understanding and knowing unconscious conflicts and beliefs leading to the resolution of symptoms and suffering.
The therapeutic relationship itself is special in that its purpose is to study, understand and transform the patient, unlike in ordinary relationships. The opportunity to understand, verbalize and work through parts of the self that one has not had access to is, in part, made possible through the relationship between the therapist and patient. This relationship builds over time and is one of trust, intimacy and deep connection which also allows the patient to reveal his, her or their, inner world through fantasies and emotional responses to the therapist and therapeutic process.
People best suited for psychodynamic therapy are often those who are curious about how their mind works and think that their internal world may be part of what has brought them to seek therapy. Qualities that are helpful in this type of therapy are a capacity for self-reflection, a desire to know oneself better, and willingness to tolerate vulnerable and uncomfortable feelings.
Psychodynamic therapy is not usually a brief treatment. It often takes time to establish the trust and intimacy necessary to face and work through the most painful and vulnerable parts of oneself leading to deep and lasting growth and change.
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