Psychodynamic therapy – or psychodynamic counselling as it is also commonly known is a therapeutic approach that embraces the work of all analytic therapies. Its roots lie predominantly in Freud’s psychoanalysis approach, but Carl Jung, Alfred Adler, Otto Rank and Melanie Klein are all widely recognised for further developing the concept and application of psychodynamics.
Much like psychoanalysis, the aim of psychodynamic counselling is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness – helping the client to unravel, experience and understand their issues and emotions in order to work through them and have a better understanding of them. This approach suggests that our unconscious mind holds onto painful memories and feelings, which are too much for the conscious mind to process and take in. In order to ensure these memories and experiences do not surface, many people will develop defences, such as denial and projections. the psychodynamic approach says, these defences will often do more harm than good.
Whilst it shares the same core principles of psychoanalysis, psychodynamic counselling is typically far less intensive – focusing primarily on immediate problems and attempting to find a quicker solution. It does however tend to provide the same benefits – helping people with a range of psychological issues to make significant changes to how they make decisions and interact with others.
We have practices in Highgate and East Finchley.