Psychodynamic 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 uncomfortable or painful memories or thoughts are kept hidden away in the individual’s subconscious by a series of defense mechanisms, which can manifest as anything from anger to obsessive-compulsive tendencies. Once specific disturbing memories or feelings are brought to light, the therapist can help the individual process them and 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. Jumping from one thought to the next in this state can help bring up thoughts, memories or emotions that would normally be repressed. The therapist can offer interpretations and collaborate with the individual to make behavioral health changes given this new understanding.
How Long Does Psychodynamic Therapy Take to Work?
Psychodynamic therapy often lasts about eight months, during which the sessions are frequent and highly targeted. Traditional psychodynamic therapy occurs over a longer period of time, typically at least two years. Psychodynamic therapy is not a “quick fix” but 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:
- Anxiety treatment centers
- Depression treatment centers
- Panic disorders
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Trauma and PTSD treatment
- Substance abuse treatment
People who are interested in exploring their subconscious are best suited for psychodynamic therapy. 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.