When It's Used
How It Works
Psychodynamic therapy is based on the idea that our current behavior is shaped by past experiences. The therapist will help the client to explore their past and how it has influenced their current behavior. This exploration can be done through memories, dreams, and fantasies. The therapist will also help the client to understand how their early relationships with family and friends have influenced their current relationships. This understanding can lead to insights that can help clients change their current behavior.
The therapist will use various techniques to help the client explore their past experiences. These techniques may include free association, where the client is encouraged to say whatever comes to mind without censoring themselves; interpretation, where the therapist helps the client to understand the meaning of their thoughts and behavior; and dream analysis, where the therapist helps the client to understand the symbolism in their dreams.