Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a classic ‘talk therapy’, sometimes referred to as a form of ‘depth psychology’. It is a therapy that focuses on the influence of childhood and lifetime experiences and relationships on a person’s current sense of self and identity, their present life and relational patterns.
It is an open-ended, longer term therapy that is less structured and more free-flowing than some psychological treatments such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Often psychotherapy can help clients get in touch with painful, unwanted emotions, helping them to process rather than suppress such feelings. This increases their capacity to tolerate distress, form a more solid, integrated sense of self and feel more confident in addressing everyday problems.