“Psychodynamic” refers to the dynamic quality of the mind (psyche) and recognizes that along with pressures in the outside world, unresolved “inner pushes and pulls” can lead to psychological difficulties. With psychodynamic treatment, some who have been relying on psycho-tropic medications may find they no longer need them. Most slowly feel less overwhelmed and get greater pleasure from relationships and become more productive at work or school. Within the therapy session, the pace and topic for discussion are determined by the patient.
The therapist does not offer advice, make suggestions or try to change attitudes but listens and tries to understand, offering interventions to facilitate the exploration of personal thoughts and feelings. With this opportunity to explore and examine inner processes, behaviour, sense of self, and relationships often change in deep and abiding ways.
Over time, as the therapist is able to make meaningful reflections on repetitive difficulties, the patient has the opportunity to reflect, refine, correct and modify these difficulties utilizing the new psychological strengths that develop with new insight.
The psychodynamic approach has proven a successful intervention in all forms of psychological difficulties and mental illness*, but not everyone is amenable to this form of treatment.
* The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy – 2009 American Psychological Journal.