As a psychodynamic psychotherapist, I bring a unique perspective to the therapy room. For some, it is refreshing and welcoming and facilitates exploration of the self. For others, this approach is unfamiliar and perhaps even distinctly different from past therapeutic relationships.

What is psychodynamic psychotherapy?

Psychodynamic psychotherapy has a long history. The foundation of all psychodynamic work is that the unconscious holds emotions and memories that impact and influence our present ways of living. These emotions and memories were likely created during childhood and have continued to color our lives. By uncovering these unconscious motivations, we are free to think and feel in a way that makes life worth living.

Sometimes, we focus on the here-and-now relationship between us. Other times, we connect your present concerns to to the past. Sigmund Freud said that the role of the therapist was to be the “midwife to the soul”. That is, the therapist facilitates the process, not shaping the person, but providing light and guidance through less explored areas of the mind.

Other times, we simply hold the emotion. The analyst and educator, Nancy McWilliams, wrote, “Feelings have their own kind of wisdom”. As we sit with our emotions, we begin to view them historically, illuminating the caves and dense forests in the mind. We learn from our past instead of living in our past. We grow from our personal wisdom.

You may be thinking, this is going to take forever! The depth of work the takes place in psychodynamic psychotherapy does take time. We cannot predict how long it will take because there are many variables.

People who are challenged to remain present by their past memories benefit greatly from psychodynamic psychotherapy. In addition, many people achieve the perspective of having a good-enough future after engaging in psychodynamic psychotherapy.