Mental health is more than just a list of symptoms.
Whilst management of symptoms has its place, therapy is more than just learning to cope.
After all, emotional suffering is complex; rooted in relationship patterns, inner conflict and emotional blind spots.
A psychodynamic approach to therapy focuses on the psychological roots of emotional suffering through a process of self-reflection and self-examination.
The therapeutic relationship is a fundamental part of the therapy; used to inform relationship patterns in the clients world.
The goal of working psycho-dynamically is not only to alleviate presenting difficulties but to help individuals to lead healthier lives.
Unlike other therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT); psychodynamic therapy is flexible and excludes prescribed, measurable stages.
Psychodynamic thinking is client led.
Measuring change is more than just a reduction of symptoms on a prescribed scale.
Whilst arguably it is harder to measure personality changes, clients describe ‘movement’ experienced on a more intimate level – consolidation of self through the therapeutic relationship.