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. Psychodynamic techniques are creative and varied. When people take some time out to reflect they often remember things about their past they had forgotten about. Our individual psyches are very wise and will guide the process by presenting memories and insights that help to heal old wounds. An example of this is where people have recurring dreams at night or discover themes in their day dreams. It is an exciting process of self awareness and profound healing.