What is psychodynamic therapy?

Modern psychodynamic therapy draws on theory from traditional psychoanalysis, founded by Sigmund Freud, as well as more contemporary approaches to working in this way. Psychodynamic therapy has been shown to be effective in treating a number of issues, such as anxiety, depression, experiences of trauma and abuse and low self-esteem. There is a breadth of literature available online and I would recommend starting with the BACP website if you'd like to learn more.

The nature of our childhood experiences and past relationships have an enormous impact on our current thoughts, feelings and behaviours. We often find ourselves stuck in old patterns that are no longer serving us, however feel insurmountable or below our conscious awareness. Our unconscious conflicts play a large part in psychodynamic therapy and what we work with in the room. The psychodynamic approach to therapy aims to identify and understand the foundation of an individual's issues in order to establish long-lasting change and healing.