Psychodynamics

hey

A general definition of psychodynamic theory is that forces outside of a person’s awareness explain why they behave a certain way.

Psychodynamic theory was originally a theory of personality developed by Sigmund Freud, although it has evolved significantly over the years, and many theorists have contributed to it. A general definition of psychodynamic theory is that forces outside of a person’s awareness explain why they behave a certain way.

Psychodynamic therapists attempt to help clients find patterns in their emotions, thoughts, and beliefs in order to gain insight into their current self. These patterns are often found to begin in the client’s childhood since psychodynamic theory holds that early life experiences are extremely influential in the psychological development and functioning of an adult.

There are several key assumptions in psychodynamic theory:

  • All behaviour has an underlying cause
  • The causes of a person’s behaviour originate in their unconscious
  • Different aspects of a person’s unconscious struggle against each other
  • An adult’s behaviour and feelings, including mental health issues, are rooted in childhood experiences
  • Both innate, internal processes and the external environment contribute to adult personality

Psychodynamic therapy pushes for clients to:

  • Acknowledge their emotions: Over time, clients can start to recognise patterns in their emotions and address them, which can lead to making better choices.
  • Identify patterns: Clients can begin to see patterns in more than just their emotions, but also their behaviours and relationships. Or, if clients are aware of negative patterns in their life, therapy can help them understand why they make certain choices and give them the power to change.
  • Improve interpersonal relationships: Modern psychodynamic theory helps clients understand their relationships, as well as patterns they exhibit with relationships.
  • Recognise and address avoidance: Everyone has automatic ways of avoiding bad thoughts and feelings. Therapy can help clients recognise when they’re acting in a way to avoid distress and how to move forward addressing their emotions with healthy coping mechanisms.
  Laurent is kind, supportive and understanding. I immediately felt completely safe. He has an uncanny knack for knowing what to say at the right time, and has an impressive toolkit whatever the moment. I was really impressed at how quickly I saw improvements.  
Jo
  By the end of the sessions, I felt unburdened and ready to take on the challenges ahead of me. I particularly liked that Laurent encouraged me to think about what I was doing for myself – having time for my own personal nourishment. I felt the sessions re-balanced me. He made me feel secure through his calm demeanour, and provided warmth and openness throughout.  
Tim
  So easy to talk to, like talking to a friend – only a friend who has no agenda, doesn’t judge, and clearly only has my best interest at heart. I was in a real rut and in what seemed a blink of an eye felt loads better. Laurent is very skilled, and a lovely man.  
Tom
  Genuine, kind, calm, compassionate, empathetic and very knowledgeable. You can see he has a wide range of skills, he always manages to find the right way to make everything clearer.  
Jane
  I want to say thank you so much for being so understanding and supportive throughout this amazing journey. I came away from our sessions with a much more positive image of myself, and feel I have more clarity on the unresolved issues that have given me extreme anxiety for much of my life, and that I now have some tools I can use to try to deal with them.  
Sasha