Rob Frazer BSc, MA.
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"Not to laugh, not to lament, not to curse, but to understand" - Spinoza
Types of Therapy > Psychodynamic Therapy
Psychodynamic psychotherapy has its roots in the theories and work of Sigmund Freud and his ideas regarding psychoanalysis (the long-term "talking cure").
Put briefly, this type of therapy stresses the significance of our early childhood experiences and how they continue to affect us during adulthood. It also argues that human behaviour arises from both conscious and unconscious motives and that the act itself of talking about problems can help people find ways of understanding how their past influences their present behaviour.
To do this, psychodynamic psychotherapy relies heavily on the therapeutic relationship and its ability to highlight to both therapist and client the aspects of their experience which are impacting on their relationships.
Major techniques used by psychodynamic therapists include free association, recognising resistance and transference, counter-transference, catharsis, and building a strong therapeutic alliance.
"A thing which has not been
understood inevitably reappears,
like an unlaid ghost, it cannot rest
until the mystery has been solved
and the spell broken."
Key Features of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy:
LONGER DURATION: (ranging from a few months to years).
LESS STRUCTURED. WITHOUT HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS:
The client, not the therapist sets the agenda for the session by talking about whatever is on their mind. Focuses on the here and now, as well as personal history. The relationship between the client and the therapist is included as a focus of therapy.
LESS INTENSE THAN PSCHOANALYSIS
PROS OF PSYCHODYNAMIC PSYCHOTHERAPY:
(1) ADDRESSES ROOT CAUSES:
Looks at the often deep underlying psychological distress. Addresses the complexity of human behaviour.
It is one of the few therapies to focus on personality.
(2) ONGOING DEVELOPMENT:
Benefits from therapy can increase over time.
(3) ENCOURAGES FREE EXPRESSION:
Looking at themes that arise in the therapeutic relationship may reveal useful information.
You direct what is talked about.
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