Psychodynamic therapy is a unique form of intensive psychotherapy that fosters personal development and liberation from unsatisfying or painful patterns of living. In pursuit of those goals, the individual in a psychodynamically informed therapy and the therapist work together in close collaboration. They pay careful attention to the interactions of personal and interpersonal experience, of past and present, of body and mind, of fantasy and reality. It is expected that such an in-depth exploration can set in motion a process of personal transformation.
People seek psychodynamically informed treatment for many reasons. Some want help with specific emotional problems like depression, anxiety, or stress or are seeking to come to terms with a painful or traumatic personal history.
Others may feel stuck in distressing patterns that prevent them from feeling satisfied, from connecting with others, or from finding meaning in their lives. Many people simply desire a deeper self-understanding or greater creativity in their personal lives. The process of psychodynamic therapy depends on the establishment of a safe, confidential, and collaborative therapeutic relationship. The frequency of sessions typically ranges from one to five times a week. Frequent sessions allow the patient's dilemmas to come to life in the intricacies of the psychodynamic relationship.
This process can be expected to unfold over a considerable period of time. A decision to enter psychodynamically informed treatment represents a mutual agreement between patient and therapist. Decisions about the frequency of sessions needed to sustain the process are reached jointly.