Psychodynamic counselling is a type of talking therapy that can give you a space to make sense of difficulties you might be having by speaking about them with a therapist. Psychodynamic theory suggests that experiences of significant people in our childhood form how we see ourselves and others and continue to influence us throughout our lives. Therapy offers you an opportunity to explore some of these experiences and understand how they are impacting you today.
The main focus of psychodynamic work is often the way we relate to others, as this is believed to be a key source of difficulty in a person’s life. By looking at 3 key areas counselling aims to identify patterns in the ways you relate to others;
1) Childhood experiences with parents or care givers enables you to identify where these patterns may have originated.
2) Exploring relationships you have with people outside of therapy such as friendships, partners and work colleagues supports our understanding of how these patterns may have manifested in the present.
3) The relationship between you and the therapist is used to further understand how you relate to people and the feelings and responses you may bring out in others.
The Triangle of Persons helps to give shape to this theory.
If this looks like an approach that you think may be helpful ‘Let’s take a journey to a new understanding’