Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Modern psychodynamic psychotherapy is a unique form of intensive psychotherapy that alleviates emotional and mental suffering through an in-depth exploration of the client’s life. In psychodynamic therapy, client and therapist collaborate to understand the meaning of the client’s emotional reactions, thoughts, memories, fantasies, dreams, images, and sensations. As a team, the therapist and client seek to discover repetitive, unsatisfying patterns of living. In this form of therapy the client leads the way and is invited to say whatever is on his or her mind. The therapist primarily listens and offers hypotheses in an effort to enrich the client’s understanding of themselves and move them forward in their lives. Typically this form of therapy fosters a restorative relationship between the therapist and the client. Psychodynamic psychotherapy is process-based, open-ended, and may be lengthy, because understanding the nuanced complexities of a client’s life takes time. Often this therapy is helpful when clients have not responded well to more directive treatments. Psychodynamic psychotherapy has a well established tradition and is practiced worldwide.