What is Psychodynamic Counselling?

Psychodynamic counselling is a form of counselling that focuses on the psychological development of the individual and how it influences their current behaviour.

It is based on the psychoanalytic theories of Sigmund Freud and his followers that suggest that the unconscious mind and early experiences play a significant role in how we think and behave.

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Freud’s Psychoanalytic Theory

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Key Objectives of the Approach

The aim of psychodynamic counselling is to help the individual gain insight into their unconscious motivations and how they are affecting their current life. The counsellor will explore the person’s relationships, early experiences, and the formation of their identity.

The Counselling Process

The counselling process will involve exploring the client’s thoughts, feelings, beliefs and memories. Through this exploration, the individual can gain an understanding of their current difficulties.

The psychodynamic counsellor will also focus on the client’s relationships with the past and present, and the patterns in how they think and act. This can help the individual to understand the meaning behind their behaviours.

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Creating a Supportive Environment

The counsellor will provide a safe and supportive environment so that the individual can talk freely and explore their feelings. By understanding their unconscious motivations, the individual can gain more control over their behaviours and create a more fulfilling life.

Most Importantly

This is about YOU, with no judgement but with confidentiality, client-led, and a non-directive approach that puts you at the centre of your own personal journey.