WHAT IS PSYCHODYNAMIC PSYCHOTHERAPY?

Psychodyamic therapy assumes that our inner minds are affected by things that are both in and out of our conscious awareness. Psychodynamic psychology understands that people often feel stuck or impacted by things outside of their control, and aims to help individuals better understand their own inner-minds in order to change their experience.  In this therapy, the therapist helps guide the patient to explore ways of knowing themselves that may lie just outside of conscious awareness. This can mean paying special attention to words and language, suggesting alternate interpretations of events, or discussing dreams or creative works like art or writing. This "pushing beyond" usual ways of thinking can lead to a better sense of one's identity and expand the ways that one experiences the world.

Psychodynamic psychotherapy can help people make sense of their own internal conflicts. It is likely that we will spend time talking about the present, but also about the past and how your history may impact your experiences today. The development of a therapeutic relationship creates a safe space to explore previously unknown parts of the personality or experience, and actively integrate this knowledge into daily living. 

Essentially, psychodynamic thinking is rooted in the belief that there is often "more than meets the eye" and that going below the surface often leads to greater self-knowledge and understanding, which can lead to greater satisfaction in life.