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Psychodynamic Therapy

What is psychodynamic therapy?

Psychodynamic therapy examines unconscious motivations and their influences on current problems. It also takes into account how childhood experiences shape adult personality. The therapist aims to interpret subconscious drives that underpin a person’s actions, expressions of feelings and thinking patterns. These patterns, often formed via childhood experiences, maintain internal (intra-personal) and external (inter-personal) conflicts. As there is an increased awareness of unconscious fears and desires, you will learn to resolve the conflicts, which in turn help you develop an increased capacity to fulfil your goals and unlock your true potential.

Psychodynamic therapy can aid with:

  • Exploring the past and identifying patterns
  • Working on discovering anger, acceptance and forgiveness
  •  Providing emotional richness
  • Resolving psychic suffering
  • Ego freedom
  • Exploring the depth of meaning in life
  • Help answer fundamental questions about oneself and existential concerns.

Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.

Carl Jung

Modern-day psychodynamic therapy has been adapted to our fast-paced world. It is now time-limited and outcome-focused compared to its historical origins, which could see the therapeutic relationship span several years.

A body of research supports the efficacy of psychodynamic interventions for several mental health concerns, including:

  • Affective/Mood disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Personality disorders and vulnerabilities
  • Eating disorders
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Addictions

What are therapy sessions like?

The main goal of psychodynamic therapy is to help uncover and process internal conflicts that are maintaining your current problems. In therapy, you are encouraged to explore any topic freely. For example, we may discuss the current problem, past issues or social relationships. The therapist will highlight unconscious processes to help increase awareness. The internal conflicts are then challenged and processed through goal setting, validation, and action.

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.

Carl Rodgers

Practice Location

Book a session to see our Brisbane psychologists today. We are located at 5/6 Qualtrough Street, Woolloongabba. Designated parking is available onsite. A variety of public transport options are available nearby – see www.translink.com.au. Counselling can also be provided via Telehealth counselling (video) or phone if this is your preferred option.

Other Therapies

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Learning the skills to accept the things that are out of your control.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Exploring the relationship between thoughts, feelings and actions and examine how these influence the current situation.

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

A powerful tool to helping the brain process painful memories and facilitate the return to normal healing.

Family Systems Therapy

Family is a crucial part of our development; it impacts our lives from the beginning to the end.

Schema Therapy

Identify, restructure, and transform maladaptive patterns from the past in order to enhance present-day wellbeing.