Psychoanalytic & Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychoanalytic therapy is a form of talking therapy based on the theories of Sigmund Freud. Considered one of the forefathers of psychology, Freud founded psychoanalysis. The approach explores how the unconscious mind influences thoughts and behaviours, to offer insight and resolution to the person seeking therapy.


Psychodynamic therapy (also known as psychodynamic counselling) is a therapeutic approach that combines parts of many different types of analytic therapies. Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic therapies work on the idea that individuals’ unconscious thoughts and perceptions are developed throughout their childhood. These unconscious thoughts and perceptions affect their current behaviours and thoughts.


While the roots of psychodynamic therapy lie predominantly in Freud’s approach to psychoanalysis, Carl Jung, Alfred Adler, Otto Rank, Donald Winnicott and Melanie Klein are all widely recognised for their involvement in further developing the idea and use of psychodynamics.

Like psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic therapy, psychodynamic therapy aims to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness. This means helping you to recognise, experience, and understand your true, deep-rooted feelings, to help you resolve them. Based on the idea that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, psychodynamic therapy believes these are too difficult for your conscious mind to process.

To ensure these memories and experiences stay below the surface, many people will develop defences, such as denial and projections. According to psychodynamic therapy, these defences will often do more harm than good.

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