Psychodynamic Psychotherapy draws on theories and practices of analytical psychology and psychoanalysis. It is a therapeutic process which helps patients understand and resolve their problems by increasing awareness of their inner world and its influence over relationships both past and present. It differs from most other therapies in aiming for deep seated change in personality and emotional development.
Longer term psychodynamic psychotherapy has become less easy to access within the NHS system in recent years. This appears to be because of the focus within the NHS on shorter term treatments. Whilst these treatments can indeed be very useful and effective for some individuals shorter treatments may not prove to be as beneficial or have as long lasting effects.
Sometimes people seek help from a psychodynamic psychotherapist for specific reasons such as eating disorders, psycho-somatic conditions, obsessional behaviour, or phobic anxieties. At other times help is sought because of more general underlying feelings of depression or anxiety, difficulties in concentrating, dissatisfaction in work or a sense of struggling with aspects of their personal relationships.
I am a member of the North of England Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (NEAPP). I am also registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and as such am subject to their rigorous regulation and CPD requirements. If you would like to find out more about what psychodynamic psychotherapy is, the evidence base and how it is regulated see the links page.