In contrast to therapies that focus on symptom-reduction via teaching skills and strategies, psychodynamic therapy involves helping people explore and understand the underlying reasons beneath their symptoms that may have previously been outside of their awareness.
Through this process, people can gain clarity about the origins of their thoughts, behaviours, relationships, and communication styles and this newfound awareness can become a catalyst to improve day-to-day mental health and establish healthier, more fulfilling relationships.
Typically, psychodynamic therapy will focus on the exploration of early-life experiences, family, attachment patterns, past and present interpersonal relationships, bringing to light recurring themes and patterns in one's life, the therapy relationship and dreams and the unconscious.
Other Therapeutic Approaches
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): CBT helps people notice the influence that their thoughts (i.e., cognitions) and behaviours can have on their emotions. CBT is typically a structured, logical and goal directed therapeutic approach that aims to give people the skills to not only notice their unhelpful thinking and behavioural patterns, but subsequently change them to be more helpful, adaptive and realistic.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): ACT places a strong emphasis on identifying one’s personal values and living a life in accordance with these values. It aims to help people to recognise and accept what is within their control and that while difficult emotions are part of everyone’s life, the influence that they have can be lessened. Mindfulness (i.e., contacting the present moment) is also a core component of ACT.
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT): Similar to CBT and ACT, DBT is a skill-based intervention and involves learning about mindfulness, how to tolerate distressing emotions, how to regulate emotions when they are overwhelming and how to communicate and interact with others effectively.
Couples Therapy: A healthy relationship is often an essential foundation of good mental health. Couples therapy focuses on working with your partner on a range of aspects you are hoping to improve, including, communication, affection, intimacy and negotiation.
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