Psychodynamic therapy helps clients gain insight into ingrained patterns of relating to others and to the world, so that they can adjust the patterns that cause psychological distress in order to improve their overall sense of well-being. At Georgetown Psychology Associates, we utilize psychodynamic techniques when appropriate to collaboratively explore your adolescent’s feelings, thoughts, and behaviors in order to understand what drives and reinforces any unhealthy patterns of relating.
The Benefits of Psychodynamic Therapy
Georgetown Psychology Associates employs a variety of techniques to help our clients establish a positive way of expressing their behavioral and emotional health. As one of those techniques, psychodynamic therapy engages clients on an emotional level so that a more complete understanding of one’s self may be attained. Some of the advantages associated with this type of therapy include:
- Self-awareness: As is the goal of most therapies, but especially in the psychodynamic approach, understanding a person’s internal conflicts and patterns of relating can often lead to a new found appreciation of one’s self.
- Collaboration: Psychodynamic therapy is not a process in which the therapist dictates to the client what they need to do, either in session or in between sessions. Instead, it is a collaborative process of exploration, with the client’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors acting as guideposts.
- Outcome: Studies have shown that psychodynamic therapy in both short and long-term commitments can yield positive results. As the relationship between therapist and client is often the most determinative factor in any therapeutic treatment outcome, with its emphasis on the therapist-client relationship and providing a safe environment for exploration, psychodynamic therapy affords a notable opportunity for attaining insight and personal growth.