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Psychodynamic Therapy (PDT) Explained

Posted on: November 11th, 2021 by Our Team

What is psychodynamic therapy?

Psychodynamic therapy is a type of talk therapy that originated from the work of Sigmund Freud. Psychodynamic theory places importance on unconscious motivations, instinctual drives, and specific themes across the formative years of psychological development. PDT is a treatment intended to help the patient bring into the conscious the unconscious in order to provide catharsis to emotional problems.

Psychodynamic therapy takes a holistic approach, using talk therapy to illuminate all aspects of the patient’s life that may have been unknown or unconscious using the therapeutic relationship between the therapist and patient. This is a different approach than cognitive behavioral therapy which is problem-oriented and focused on thoughts (cognitions) and behavior.

Psychodynamic therapy is evidence-based and effective to treat many psychological problems including depression, anxiety, panic, pain, and the physical manifestations of stress.

What can you expect?

In psychodynamic therapy the therapist assists the patient to identify patterns of thoughts, emotions and beliefs to gain insight into who they are. Insight can lead to self-understanding which helps to break the cycle of self-defeating thoughts and emotions. Psychodynamic therapy sessions are typically once a week for an hour. There is no set agenda. The emphasis is on revealing and examining difficult relationship patterns, inner conflicts and lack of insight or awareness about specific behaviors that are too painful for the patient to acknowledge.

The therapist encourages the patient to talk freely with emphasis on raising their self-awareness, and understanding their thoughts, feelings and beliefs about their early life experiences. The techniques used include self-reflection, self-examination and the relationship between patient and therapist.

Your consultation

Before beginning treatment one of our clinical psychologists will conduct a complimentary initial consultation with you. The goal of the initial consultation is to get a better understanding of you, your history, what brings you to therapy, and what your needs are in therapy. We feel the fit between client and psychologist is extremely important, and the consultation is a great start for you to get a feel for Healthy Mynds and if we are a fit for your needs. Our goal is to work with you in a safe and supportive environment where you can explore your thoughts and feelings and work toward flourishing.

Contact Healthy Mynds in Redondo Beach to schedule a complimentary consultation to learn more about our staff and if we are a fit for you.


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