Psychotherapy & Counselling
What is Psychodynamic Therapy?
Psychodynamic therapy places emphasis on an individual's early development and emotional conflict. Each session lasts 50 minutes and the frequency of sessions can be more than once a week and over a longer duration of time. There is an emphasis on the relationship that manifests itself between the therapist and the client. The therapist comments on how the client is communicating both consciously and unconsciously. Each therapist has their own style of working, but for a summary of the theoretical background of this approach, click on the video below.
How might Janice benefit from this approach?
If Janice were to choose this form of therapy, I would work gradually with her to build up trust. As she finds it hard to open up to people or to show her weaknesses, this characteristic may manifest itself in different ways in therapy. She may try to come across as a 'perfect patient', she may look for signs that I am being critical of her or she may choose to t erminate therapy early because she finds the work too intense. However, it is through awareness of her tendencies to do this and its original roots in early childhood that Janice will make progress.
Despite the challenging nature of this work, this approach would make a significant impact on Janice's sense of herself. If she chose to complete treatment, she would develop psychological insight into herself and her way of relating, and more confidence in her place in the world. This would be a gradual process, during which many previously unconscious conflicts would become accessible to her. It is through processing these unconscious conflicts, Janice would be better able to manage her emotions.