Psychodynamic psychotherapy is an evidence-based treatment shown to yield positive psychological, emotional and behavioural changes that endure over time, even after the completion of therapy.
This type of psychotherapy sensitively explores our habitual mental and behavioural responses to painful feelings and thoughts. It makes use of the therapeutic relationship as a rich and meaningful source of insight into patterns of interpersonal relating and as an opportunity to safely experience a new way of relating. Psychodynamic psychotherapies also consider how our early attachment relationships may shape who we are in the present. While understanding early experiences may inform the work, the focus is on the present, moment-to-moment, experience of the individual.
A key component of psychodynamic treatments is a focus on the mind behind behaviour, rather than behaviour alone. The emphasis is on understanding oneself at a deep emotional level, which goes beyond cognitive insight alone. It is believed that this focus creates meaningful internal changes that actually continue to improve even after therapy has concluded.