Psychodynamic therapy has evolved from psychoanalytic theory, however it tends to focus on more immediate problems and may be shorter term. It explores the developmental journey from childhood to adulthood. It looks at underlying causes of unconscious behaviors and historical experiences that influence our decisions and beliefs. It aims to develop self-awareness and understanding of how the past has influenced present thoughts and behaviour.
Clients are encouraged to explore unresolved issues and conflicts, and to talk about important people and relationships in their life. Psychodynamic therapy has wide range of applications and can work with varied problems to bring greater clarity and insight.
The Presenting Past: The Core of Psychodynamic Counselling and Therapy by Michael Jacobs.