Treatment focuses on the person. Their experience, how they feel themselves to be, that is the primary point of focus.
It is a process of looking at someone’s life in a very specific way that opens up his or her experience and makes it observable. When things are uncovered and observed things change.
It is a process of looking at the person’s life and identifying current experience that blocks the path to contentment. Memories and past experiences are explored to identify unconscious modes of being that contribute to dysfunctional states and behaviours. Unhappiness seems to be repetitive.
One useful definition of madness: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
Unhappiness is often reflected in the quality of our relationships, both intimate and casual. Our sense of self is very much reflected by the people in our lives. Psychodynamic psychotherapy strives to understand these relational patterns. When these patterns are understood, consciousness emerges creating choice that can lead to making decisions about your life that are positive When these patterns are truly understood choice is allowed to emerge-reaction turns into response.
Each child is born unique. At the core is a self that is true. We must endeavour to get back to that unique uncorrupted self.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a particular type of individual psychotherapy in which the therapist and the client explore together the client’s current experiences, the previous emotional wounds they have suffered and their past memories.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is not about ‘giving advice’ but focuses on where the distress has come from by starting with the question – ‘why is it like this for me?’ – as a way of getting to – ‘what can I do about it?’