Psychodynamic Counselling works by bringing unconscious thoughts and feelings to the surface; there is an emphasis of the past and on recurring patterns of relationships.
During psychodynamic counselling you might look at:
- Formative relationships (e.g. with your parents or caregivers early on in life)
- Behaviours and thoughts, e.g. defence mechanisms such as denial or projecting onto others
- Reflecting on ideas and notions you have about yourself and others
- Thinking about patterns of behaviours or relationships which recur in your life and beginning to recognise the links between them
- Memories and dreams and other sub-conscious thoughts – some of which might emerge during the counselling having been repressed
Psychodynamic counselling would be offered on the same basis as Low Cost counselling with one 50 minute session a week with the same counsellor in person or online (we are unable to offer telephone sessions for psychodynamic counselling). The sessions would be offered on an open-ended, long-term basis but would be reviewed by you and your counsellor together from time to time.
Fees and referrals are the same as for Low Cost counselling.