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Psychodynamic Therapy

What Is Psychodynamic Therapy?

Psychodynamic therapy is a therapeutic approach that delves into the unconscious mind to identify and address underlying emotions, trauma, thoughts and patterns. This therapy aims to reveal unresolved conflicts from the past that may contribute to present difficulties. By fostering self-awareness and addressing deep-seated issues, psychodynamic therapy seeks to promote personal growth and improve overall mental well-being.

Where Can I Get Psychodynamic Therapy Near Me?

You can get psychodynamic therapy in London with face-to-face sessions from our clinics in Finchley (N3 2JU), Brixton/Clapham (SW2 5UL) and Hackney (E2 9FN). We also offer psychodynamic therapy online and over the phone which means that you can get the support that you need from anywhere across the UK and further afield.

Locations for psychodynamic counselling include but are not limited to Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Home visits are also available on request (depending on the location).

How Psychodynamic Therapy Works in 3 Steps

Step 1: Explore Unconscious Processes

Step 2: Uncover Unresolved Conflicts

Step 3: Build Self-Awareness & Insight

What Can Psychodynamic Therapy Help With?

Psychodynamic therapy at The Oak Tree Practice can help with a wide range of issues including:

Psychodynamic Therapy For Anxiety

Psychodynamic Therapy For Depression

Psychodynamic Therapy For Anorexia

Psychodynamic Therapy For Autism

Psychodynamic Therapy For Eating Disorders

Psychodynamic Therapy For Addiction

Psychodynamic Therapy For Childhood Trauma

Psychodynamic Therapy For Bipolar Disorder

Psychodynamic Therapy For OCD

Psychodynamic Therapy For Personality Disorders

Psychodynamic Therapy For Phobias

Psychodynamic Therapy For PTSD

What Are Some Psychodynamic Therapy Techniques Used At The Oak Tree Practice?

Psychodynamic therapy methods include free association whereby clients are encouraged to express thoughts, feelings and memories without holding back. This technique allows for the spontaneous exploration of the unconscious, revealing hidden emotions.

Through psychodynamic psychotherapy, our therapist will help you explore the unconscious and how it is exerting an affect on who you are and how you are acting, as well as how you experience the world and your interactions with others. The techniques used will vary depending on the individual and their circumstances.


Frequently Asked Questions About Psychodynamic Therapy

How Does Psychodynamic Therapy Work?

Psychodynamic therapy works by exploring unconscious thoughts, emotions and patterns of behaviour to gain insight into the roots of psychological challenges. Through techniques like free association, dream analysis and interpretation, individuals develop self-awareness, uncover unresolved conflicts and work towards resolving deep-seated issues for lasting emotional well-being.

What Type Of Therapy Is Psychodynamic Therapy?

Psychodynamic therapy is an introspective form of psychotherapy that delves into the unconscious mind, aiming to uncover and understand the deeper emotional and psychological processes influencing an individual’s thoughts and behaviours. It stands as an insight-oriented therapeutic approach, emphasising the exploration of past experiences to facilitate personal growth.

What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Psychodynamic Therapy?

The advantages of psychodynamic therapy lie in its ability to explore deep-seated issues and address unresolved conflicts, contributing to long-term emotional growth. However, a potential disadvantage is the time-intensive nature of the therapy as delving into the unconscious may require extended periods, and it may not be as focused on immediate problem-solving as some other therapeutic approaches. Our experienced therapists will therefore tailor your session accordingly and might use other therapeutic techniques if necessary.

Is Psychodynamic Therapy Covered By Insurance?

Most of our therapists are covered by healthcare insurance providers such as Aviva, Vitality Health, AXA Health, Simply Health and Cigna. Simply double check with us when booking your appointment and we will be able to advise you accordingly.

How Long Does Psychodynamic Therapy Take?

The duration of psychodynamic therapy varies depending on the individual’s needs, the complexity of the issues and the therapeutic goals. While some individuals may benefit from short-term interventions, others might engage in psychodynamic therapy for several months or even longer so that they can address deep-seated issues comprehensively.

What Is The Difference Between Psychodynamic And Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

The main difference between psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural therapy lies in their underlying principles. Psychodynamic therapy explores unconscious processes, past experiences and interpersonal relationships to understand and address deep-seated issues, while cognitive behavioural therapy is more focused on identifying and changing current thought patterns and behaviours to alleviate specific symptoms.