Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Psychodynamic psychotherapy draws on theories and practice of analytic psychology and psychoanalysis.  It is a therapeutic process which helps people understand and resolve their problems by increasing awareness of their inner world and its influence over relationships both past and present.

In the reliable, confidential and private setting provided, the individual will be encouraged to reflect on whatever is foremost in their mind, such as feelings, dreams or memories, whilst the therapist listens and tries to help make sense of this.  The relationship with the therapist is crucial to facilitate a process known as transference, where patterns of thinking and relating become reflected in the patient's relationship with the therapist.  The individual will learn to recognise these patterns and will develop the capacity to understand and change them.

As the therapy progresses, the client will discover new ways of coping with problems and feelings.

Psychodynamic psychotherapy provides an effective treatment for a range of psychological disorders, both as a treatment in its own right and as an adjunct to other forms of treatment.

The individual's suitability for psychodynamic psychoanalysis will usually be assessed during one or more preliminary consultations, as the success of the treatment is dependant on a few factors:

  • Clients need to be well motivated and able to commit themselves to regular sessions
  • A capacity to tolerate frustration and distress, is considered helpful 
  • A desire and ability to engage in personal reflection is necessary

Occasionally therapy might be of short duration but generally speaking psychodynamic psychotherapy is best considered as a medium or long term treatment.



Service Lead: John Wright

Psychotherapy Department
First Floor
Centre Court
73 Exeter Street

Tel: (01752) 435510