Psychodynamic psychotherapy’s primary focus is to look at the client’s underlying unconscious in order to alleviate tension. The idea behind it is the idea that aspects hidden in the client’s unconscious may be inhibiting their lives in such a way that it leads to various forms of emotional discomfort. In talking about the client’s background and childhood, it is suggested that what was previously unconscious comes into the client’s conscious and through this awareness change is effected.
This therapy is dependent on the interpersonal relationship between client and therapist, with the therapist helping to facilitate the client’s awareness. Psychodynamic therapy can be experienced through talking or more creative therapies such as sand-tray therapy, drawing, using images or writing thoughts and feelings down in free flow.
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Lectures on Physiology by German scientist Ernst Wilhelm von Brücke.
Most psychodynamic approaches believe that “maladaptive functioning” is in play, and that this is in part unconscious. It is presupposed that this develops in childhood, leading to dissonance in adulthood.
Psychodynamic therapies aim to reveal and resolve these conflicts. Many people believe that awareness of unconscious behaviour gives rise to healing the heart of the matter.