The main aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness. It takes the view that memories and feelings that are too painful for the conscious mind to process are held in our unconscious. To prevent these experiences from surfacing, we develop “defences”. As we grow these defensive strategies can do more harm than good.
This approach looks at the influence of the past and particularly of childhood, on where you are today. It helps you see how destructive patterns you learned long ago keep repeating in your life. Psychodynamic therapy helps you unravel past experiences in order to resolve them and move on.
There are many ways to tap into the unconscious so psychodynamic techniques are creative and varied.