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Psychodynamic counselling is a talking therapy. It is based on the concept that talking about problems can help individuals to learn and develop the skills they need to address them.

About psychodynamic counselling

Psychodynamic counselling is a therapeutic approach rooted in Freud’s approach towards psychoanalysis. Carl Jung, Alfred Adler, Otto Rank and Melanie Klein are all widely recognised for their involvement in further developing the concept and application of psychodynamic therapies.


The aim of this type of therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals to unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings based on memories and lived experience.

In order 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.

Psychodynamic counselling works to uncover the unconscious processes and help you to understand your personal motivations and behaviours and then to begin work on eliminating those behaviours and harmful patterns.

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The benefits of psychodynamic therapy 

Psychodynamic therapy can help you to improve your quality of life by helping you gain a better understanding of the way you think and feel. Ultimately, this will improve your ability to make choices, relate to others, and forge the kind of life you would like to live.

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