The psychodynamic approach is derived from psychoanalysis, where psychological problems are believed to be rooted in the unconscious mind. Experiences from a person's past can influence thoughts, emotions and behaviour in later life. A therapist will aim to build an accepting and trusting relationship, encouraging you to talk about your childhood relationships with your parents and other significant people. Also by using techniques such as free association, interpretation and transference to identify repressed feelings or conflicts that are affecting you now. Brining these to the front of your mind allows any negative feelings to be dealt with.
Relationship therapy encourages the parties in a relationship to recognise repeating patterns of distress and to understand and manage troublesome differences that they are experiencing. It focuses on facilitating changes in behaviour by learning new ways of communication, understanding and accepting differences and becoming aware of how our past can influence the present.
My areas of experience:
Anxiety / Stress
Trauma / PTSD
Addiction (drugs, alcohol, sex, porn, internet)
Sexuality or Identity
Low self-esteem / confidence
Disabilities / Discrimination