counselor listens to a man talk in psychodynamic therapyPsychodynamic therapy is a type of talk therapy that helps draw out memories or feelings from the subconscious in order to resolve them. The therapist uses techniques from various psychoanalytical schools of thought in order to help the individual explore repressed emotions.

A core concept is that a series of defense mechanisms hide uncomfortable or painful memories or thoughts in the individual’s subconscious. Such defense mechanisms can manifest as anything from anger to obsessive-compulsive tendencies. Once brought to light, the therapist can help the individual process these disturbing memories or feelings. Therefore, they make positive behavioral changes.

What Happens During Psychodynamic Therapy?

Therapists employing psychodynamic approaches can draw on a number of different techniques, including free association. With the free association technique, the individual keeps a stream of consciousness without filtering their thoughts. Since they jump from one thought to the next, this state brings up thoughts, memories, or emotions normally repressed. The therapist can offer interpretations and collaborate with the individual to make behavioral health changes given this new understanding.

How Long Does It Take to Work?

Psychodynamic therapy often lasts about eight months with frequent, highly targeted sessions. Traditional psychodynamic therapy occurs over a longer period of time, typically at least two years. Psychodynamic therapy is not a “quick fix,” yet it may offer long-lasting results since the roots of problems are exposed.

Who Can Benefit Most From a Psychodynamic Therapy Program?

Therapists at Promises Behavioral Health treatment centers may employ psychodynamic therapy, among other approaches, to assist with a wide variety of mental health concerns and treatments, including:

People who are interested in exploring their subconscious are best suited for psychodynamic therapy. Thus, those who are resistant, hesitant, or feel too vulnerable may struggle to bring subconscious thoughts to light.

Do you think this therapy could be beneficial for you? Call us today at 844.875.5609 for more information or to enroll in treatment.