The theory behind psychodynamic psychotherapy is that part of our mind operates outside of conscious awareness and that our early life experiences influence later development and our patterns of behaving, relating and coping.
Therapy can be beneficial in dealing with specific issues such as anxiety, depression, loss, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and childhood trauma, as well as less clearly- defined issues such as difficulties in forming or maintaining close relationships, and feeling ‘lost’ or ‘stuck’ in life. It can lead to greater understanding and self-awareness and healthier relationships with yourself and with others.
What to expect during a consultation?
During sessions you will be encouraged to express whatever comes to mind and whatever is happening for you in the moment. As your issues are explored, you and your therapist will draw connections between your current experience and your past as well as noticing what is happening in the room.
Working in this way helps to bring the unconscious into conscious awareness and leads to greater understanding of the emotional issues and conflicts at the root of your present difficulties.
Your therapist will discuss your reasons for embarking on therapy and take a detailed personal history. Areas to explore in future sessions will be clarified and the most appropriate therapeutic approach will be discussed and agreed. There will be opportunities to ask questions.
Practitioners: Suzanne Rigg