While the term 'psychotherapy' is a general description that pertains to longer-term approaches to talk therapy, 'psychodynamic psychotherapy' specifically refers to an in-depth form of talk therapy that is used to gain deeper understanding and resolution of issues you find recurring in your life; which may be in the form of patterns in your thoughts, emotions or relationships that stem form early life experiences. If you realise that the same issues keep coming up for you, psychodynamic psychotherapy can help to understand them better and stop this pattern from continuing.
Psychotherapy can provide you with support through a journey of self-discovery that can lead you to a more meaningful, creative and joyful way of life.
This type of talk therapy is called “longer-term” because it can take more than just a few visits to change patterns of behavior that have taken years to develop.
Similarly, if we have recurring difficulties in relationships, it may take time to understand the part we play in reinforcing these patterns. By looking more deeply into interpersonal relationships, personal boundaries and attachments styles, psychodynamic psychotherapy facilitates the reflection and insight needed to make lasting changes.
There is evidence that psychotherapy is effective, and is a crucial part of mental health treatment. It has been shown that it enhances the effectiveness of medical treatment, and is the only necessary treatment in many cases.
"Many mental health problems can be resolved with psychotherapy alone, and psychotherapy is often a crucial component in the success of treatment with medication".
(The American Psychiatric Association)
While short-term counselling can be effective, there is increasing evidence that the benefits may also be short-term, sometimes resulting in relapse.
In contrast, the evidence also shows that longer-term approaches are more effective at achieving long-term improvement in mental health.
A trusting relationship between the client and the therapist is the foundation for achieving these long-term benefits.
This is enhanced by a commitment from the therapist and client to regular sessions over a period of time, which can range from months to years depending on individual needs and circumstances.
If you are interested in psychotherapy, please get in touch via call, text or email, or you can use the booking page to select a time and day that would suit you;
I will be in touch as soon as possible, to discuss if psychotherapy would be the right approach for you.