what is Psychodynamic Psychotherapy?


Psychodynamic Psychotherapy helps individuals by looking at problematic patterns of behaviour that evolved from past relationships and life experiences.

The psychotherapist  allows the client to talk freely and does not necessarily set the agenda, but gently draws attention to problems that have been too difficult to manage. This helps clients recognise that they are not always conscious of all of their experiences and by bringing some of the past experiences and tendencies into conscious awareness can gradually and greatly reduce distress and unwanted behaviours that create obstacles in life.

The therapist will often comment on what happens in the sessions as he/she and the client talk together.

Psychodynamic psychotherapy quite often results in increased self-esteem and a better

understanding of past and present relationships.

The therapy is suitable for people who are aware that their personal history has had an impact on how they feel about themselves and are willing to discuss issues from their past. It is also for people who wish to think about how they relate to others and are willing to work collaboratively with the psychotherapist in improving the quality of life.

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What can integrative therapy be used for?

  • Alcohol, Drug Abuse
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Stress
  • Fears
  • Depression
  • Post Natal Depression
  • OCD
  • Panic, Phobias & Fears
  • Relationships
  • Sexual Issue
  • Work and Career Issues 

What happens during integrative therapy sessions?

Therapy is provided on regular basis and the numbers of sessions will be agreed at the start and renegotiated at intervals with the therapy, depending on need.

Sessions are usually individual and last from 50 minutes to one hour.

Integrative counselling aims to promote healing and facilitate wholeness - ensuring that all levels of a person's being and functioning (mental, physical and emotional health) are maximised to their full potential. Clients must be committed to self-exploration and open to identifying what factors in their life are perpetuating problems, and/or are causing current concerns.

The attitude and presence of an integrative counsellor is another crucial element of integrative therapy. It is generally believed that the most effective model requires the therapist to be non-judgemental, interpersonal and intent on establishing a supportive and cooperative relationship with their client

Receiving  psychological  input  is a commitment  and  any  gains  achieved  will  rely  on regular attendance  and engagement  with the process. At intervals,  the client will be asked to fill in outcome questionnaires, in order to monitor changes in your well-being.


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