Psychodynamic Therapy

Why I embrace Psychodynamic Therapy

Human beings go through an enormous amount of development between birth and adulthood. If development has been compromised in any of these critical early stages, dysfunction may occur. The ways a developing child, adolescent or young adult may learn to cope with developmental compromise can cause dysfunction in his or her thoughts and decision-making, and until the trauma and dysfunction are resolved, it will be difficult to manifest as a fully grounded, satisfied individual.

The fundamental concept behind psychodynamic therapy is that tension and conflict in one’s current life is caused by the continuing impact of these past traumas on one’s worldview and sense of self. By helping my clients identify the patterns of thinking and behavior that may have obstructed their ability to grow past these traumas, I am able to guide them into a mental framework more conducive to comfortable and happy life.

Psychodynamic Therapy

A large part of psychodynamic therapy is focused on identity building. One of the most common crises I have encountered in my practice is where clients feel as if they live solely for their work, family and friends with little focus on themselves. A large part of this problem often has to do with a disconnect between the individuals and their identity: their needs, their desires, their authentic feelings and ambitions.

A client may be asking, “How did I get here? Why did I do this? Why are the people around me behaving this way?” Dissatisfaction with one’s life and the ‘disconnect’ between external behaviors and internal feelings can become especially apparent during large transitions. Psychodynamic therapy is especially helpful in assisting individuals through these periods in their life and in guiding them towards better long-term personal understanding.  To more fully support this process, I foster long-term relationships with my clients and continued involvement in their path to personal discovery.

Most often, the roots of dysfunctional or unproductive relationships and attitudes in an individual’s current life are unconscious and require a gentle, less intensive approach than other forms of therapy. This more moderate pace facilitates a greater familiarity with my clients’ current life circumstances, history, and conflicts or feelings that may assist in helping them identify these larger patterns of behavior to heal and/or resolve them.

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