Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Treatment Options - Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Psychodynamic psychotherapy is based on the idea that early life experiences impact your behavior and mental well-being. It is centered on the idea that your problematic repetitive thoughts and feelings are unconscious. 

The therapy you receive will help you become more self-aware of your thought patterns. You will learn how to take charge of your thoughts so that you can take charge of your life. 

Psychodynamic therapy is an in-depth form of talk therapy that is based on the work of Sigmund Freud. It is not as intensive and lengthy as traditional psychoanalysis, which can last for years. Its overall aim is to help you gain a deeper understanding of your emotions and mental processes, so you can understand why you think and feel as you do. 

This understanding allows you to make better life choices that bring you happiness. 

What Psychodynamic Therapy is Used to Treat

One of the primary uses of psychodynamic therapy is to treat depression. It can also be used for treating individuals with eating disorders, social anxiety disorders, relationship difficulties, and certain personality disorders. It is also used to assist individuals with interpersonal problems. 

Psychodynamic therapy can have lasting effects on those who undergo it. It is a particularly good therapy option for individuals who can be self-reflecting and want to understand themselves better. 

Primary Characteristics of Psychodynamic Therapy

A few different aspects of psychodynamic therapy characterize the overall approach of this method of treatment.

Identifying Patterns

Over time, most people develop certain ways of responding to the problems and issues they face in life, unaware that they are responding in the same manner repeatedly. 

With psychodynamic therapy, you learn to recognize patterns and behaviors in how you respond to issues. You learn to recognize patterns in your behavior and relationships. By learning how to identify patterns in your behavior and responses, you can find new ways to deal with problems and issues in your life. 

Understanding Emotions

It is important to understand your emotions. Psychodynamic therapy will give you the space to explore and understand your feelings. 

You will gain insight into why you feel what you do. Instead of just experiencing your emotions, you will learn how to identify the emotional patterns you find yourself in, understand the thoughts behind those patterns, and change your response. The goal is to allow you to be in charge of your emotions instead of feeling like your emotions are in charge of you. 

Improving Relationships

Your relationships are important to your overall mental health and well-being. Psychodynamic therapy allows you to focus on understanding how you respond to others and learning how to respond in a way that helps your relationships. 

How Long Psychodynamic Therapy Lasts

Psychodynamic therapy is designed to provide you with support for a year or more. You may meet weekly or a few times a week. Most sessions are about 45 minutes to an hour long. Regular psychodynamic therapy is designed to provide sustained support for as long as needed. It can take a year or more to reach desired results  and usually involves more than 50 therapy sessions. 

You can also undergo brief psychodynamic therapy, which is limited to 25 to 30 sessions. With this short treatment method, you choose a particular emotional area to focus on. 

Psychodynamic therapy is focused on understanding your past; however, it is also focused on problem-solving and outcomes. 

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Treatment for Depression

Finding the proper treatment when you have treatment-resistant depression can be challenging. However, if you have treatment-resistant depression, you may need a more nuanced approach.

At Options MD, psychodynamic psychotherapy is one of the 200 treatment options our expert team will consider when putting together a custom plan for your treatment-resistant depression. 

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