Psychodynamic psychotherapy is one of the many methods of treating mental disorders and supporting people in dealing with emotional and life difficulties. It is based on psychodynamic theories that came out of the pen of such prominent representatives as Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and Melanie Klein. In this article, we will dive deeper into the world of psychodynamic psychotherapy, look at its assumptions, techniques and think about what benefits it can bring to patients.
Basics of psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy has its roots in the theories of Sigmund Freud, who is often considered the father of psychoanalysis. Freud argued that unconscious mental processes, such as desires or conflicts, shape our thoughts, emotions and behavior. Psychodynamic psychotherapists believe that deep-seated, unconscious content is the key to understanding mental problems and solving them.
In psychodynamic psychotherapy, conversation plays a key role. The patient and therapist meet regularly to explore the patient’s thoughts, feelings and dreams. Therapists try to help the patient understand why they react to certain situations or people in certain ways. Together they try to uncover hidden beliefs, traumas or emotional conflicts that may be the source of his problems.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy techniques.
In psychodynamic psychotherapy, there are many different techniques that therapists use to help patients. Here are some of them:
**Dream analysis:** Freud believed that dreams are a window into the unconscious. Patients tell the therapist their dreams, and the therapist helps them interpret the symbols and meaning of the dreams.
**Resistance Analysis:** During therapy, the patient may resist examining his or her feelings and thoughts. Therapists help understand why the patient avoids certain topics.
**Message analysis:** Therapists pay attention to how the patient communicates with them. What the patient says, what words or phrases he uses, can provide clues about his emotional state.
**Transfer analysis:** Transfer refers to projecting onto the therapist the feelings and expectations the patient previously had for other people, such as parents. The therapist helps the patient understand what transfer patterns are occurring in the therapeutic relationship.
„The capacity to be alone is the capacity to love. It may look paradoxical to you, but it’s not. It is an existential truth: only those people who are capable of being alone are capable of love, of sharing, of going into the deepest core of another person.” Melanie Klein
Psychodynamic psychotherapy can bring many benefits to patients. Here are some of them:
**Understanding the Self:** Psychodynamic psychotherapy helps patients understand why they react in certain ways to life events. This understanding can be the key to solving problems and improving quality of life.
** Conflict resolution:** By exploring unconscious emotional conflicts, patients can find ways to resolve them. This can bring relief and reduce stress.
**Relationship improvement:** Psychotherapy can help solve relationship problems. Patients can learn more healthy ways to communicate and resolve conflicts.
**Increase self-awareness:** Therapy can help patients increase self-awareness, which can lead to a more satisfying life.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is one of many psychotherapeutic currents based on psychodynamic theories. Representatives of this current, such as Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and Melanie Klein, have left a lasting impact on the field of psychotherapy. This therapy aims to help patients understand their unconscious mental processes and find solutions to their emotional problems. Through various techniques, such as dream analysis or transfer, patients can achieve deeper self-awareness and improve the quality of their lives.
„Unconscious motives are the main spring of our actions. But how can we discover the unconscious motives which determine our conscious motives? This can only be done by psychoanalysis.” Sigmund Freud
Each of our psychotherapists, psychiatrists and other specialists, conducts regular consultations. The consultation is the stage prior to the possible start of therapy.
Once you submit your application, you are offered appointments. They are valid for 48 hours, and if not confirmed, they are released.
If you confirm a consultation appointment with a particular therapist, it is possible to cancel it no later than 24 hours before the appointment.
We will then propose another date in consultation with the patient.
If the appointment is canceled less than 24 hours before the confirmed date of the consultation, the patient bears the cost of the consultation.
The consultation should be canceled via e-mail at: email@example.com or by using the „cancel consultation” button in the e-mail sent from our booking system.