When you hear of psychodynamic or psychoanalytic therapies, the words might conjure up an image of a patient lying on a Victorian couch and a silent, gray-bearded man nodding behind her. You may be under the impression that this form of treatment is old-fashioned and has gone by the wayside. In fact, psychodynamic therapy is alive and well and has undergone many changes over the past century to make it one of the most effective treatments for certain types of psychological or emotional problems. Psychodynamic therapy can help you to understand feelings of depression and anxiety, low self-esteem, problems with relationships, identity confusion, sexuality, the experience of loss, and problematic patterns stemming from your family of origin. Long-standing issues that have never seemed to get resolved are often best addressed by psychodynamic psychotherapy. Lakeview Center’s psychodynamic and psychoanalytic therapists are specifically trained to help you explore personal conflicts and sources of emotional distress so that you can move towards greater fulfillment and freedom in your life.
Relational psychodynamic therapy explores the impact of early relationships in order to understand the development and presence of symptoms and relational patterns that are troublesome in your life now. This type of work takes important cues from your history but does not stay there—what you learn about your past will shed important light on how you conduct your current life. In collaboration with your dynamic therapist over time, you can increase self-understanding, emotional flexibility and greater access to personal choice as the patterns of the past are uncovered and changed.
Recent neuroscience research has established what psychoanalysts and psychodynamic therapists have always intuited: 93% of the mind is unconscious. Through psychodynamic and psychoanalytic therapy, we can gain access to important unconscious thoughts and feelings, and consequently learn how to have more agency and fulfillment in our lives.
Psychoanalysis is a more intense version of the typical once- or twice-weekly psychodynamic psychotherapy. Psychoanalysis is more of a commitment than psychotherapy because it uses more frequent sessions (three to four per week) to help you gain an even deeper understanding of yourself. Entering into this type of commitment may seem daunting at first, and you can work with your therapist to determine if it could be right for you. While psychoanalytic treatment can be a strenuous process, it is also deeply rewarding and transformative.
For more information about psychodynamic and psychoanalytic therapy, please contact us.