Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

FlowersThe primary focus of psychodynamic psychotherapy is to reveal the unconscious content of a client’s psyche in an effort to alleviate psychic tension. In a way it presents a modern twist on practice of psychoanalysis. The main difference is that the client and therapist remain in a sitting position and therapy is time and goal limited. Psychoanalyis aims to positively change deeply ingrained personality hues over a longer period of time. Like psychoanalysis, psychodynamic psychotherapy relies on the quality and intensity of the interpersonal relationship between client and therapist. Some principal theorists drawn upon are Freud, Klein and theorists of the object relations movement, e.g. Winnicott, Guntrip, and Bion. Some psychodynamic therapists also draw on Jung.

Psychodynamic psychotherapy aims to uncover the root of a conflict in the client’s personal history and experiences that are making the client feel „stuck“ in the present. This involves an intensive and creative process of viewing life episodes together in a non-judgemental manner, comparing them to present-day behavior and in finding reasons and solutions for resolvement. The process is a development in 1-2 sessions per week over a time period of about 6 months to over 1 year.

My experience working with adults and adolescents includes the following topics:

  • Anxiety: Social phobia, panic attacks, fear and worrying, fear of public speaking and taking exams, fear of leaving the house or or of open spaces, sleeplessness and stress
  • Depression: Loss and bereavement, change and starting over, splitting up and loss of partner
  • Psychosomatic disorders: When mental processes reciprocally influence health issues
  • Bullying in school or work, fitting in
  • Heartbreak and resolvement, difficult family and partner relationships
  • Burnout
  • Career: Ambition, change and conflict
  • Culture-Shock, isolation, homesickness, adjustment
  • Sexuality: Behavior, compulsion, fears and intimacy
  • Infertility Issues: Coping, adjusting, preparation for IVF, ICSI or other relevant treatments, treatment failure and starting over.