Psychodynamic or psychoanalytic therapies, have the sometimes well-deserved reputation of being elitist and old fashioned. In fact, psychodynamic therapy has undergone many changes and recent research shows it is one of the most effective treatments for certain types of psychological or emotional problems. Contemporary psychodynamic therapy addresses issues related to race, gender, sexuality, and culture. Psychodynamic therapists work directly with dynamics that come up in the therapy relationship.
Psychodynamic therapy can help you to understand feelings of depression and anxiety, low self-esteem, problems with relationships, gender identity, sexuality, internalized racism and homophobia, and problematic patterns stemming from your family of origin. Long-standing issues are often best addressed by psychodynamic psychotherapy. Lakeview Center’s psychodynamic and psychoanalytic therapists have had advanced training in contemporary relational psychodynamic theory and practice.
Relational psychodynamic therapy explores the impact of early relationships and attachment styles as well as the impact of sociopolitical conditions on an individual. What you learn about your past will help you live more effectively in the present. Your dynamic therapist will help you increase self-understanding, emotional flexibility and better decision making.
Recent neuroscience research has established that much of our emotional life is unconscious. Through psychodynamic and psychoanalytic therapy, we can understand and change our central unconscious thoughts and feelings, improve our relationships, and feel better about ourselves.
Psychoanalysis is a more intensive version of the typical once- or twice-weekly psychodynamic psychotherapy. Psychoanalysis uses more frequent sessions (three to four per week) to help you gain an even deeper understanding of yourself. You can talk to your therapist to determine if this approach is right for you. While psychoanalytic treatment can be a challenging process, it is can be deeply rewarding and transformative.
For more information about psychodynamic and psychoanalytic therapy, please contact us.