Most people view their lives as a series of experiences; some good, some bad. Often they do not see the patterns of behavior or repeated responses that create problems, or underscore stress. In some cases, people blame their experiences on causes outside themselves, or refuse to accept that some of the things that happen to them might be as a result of things that they, themselves, actually do!
A key element of our approach to psychotherapy is to help each patient develop his/her sense of self-awareness, and this often makes a difference in the result. Training and experience have taught us that by helping each patient become more aware of his/her conscious and unconscious habits and reactions to stressors or problems, she/he may be able to make necessary changes. Often how a person sees him/herself in the world sets the entire flavor of how he/she reacts and feels in the world.
Recognizing habitual defenses gives a person the first tool toward choosing a different response in a challenging situation. Awareness of sensitivity to a certain line of thinking gives someone the option of responding to that comment in a more productive way. A person can’t change a behavior until he or she first recognizes it — in him/herself. Being open to the differences in others allows more acceptance of one’s self. All of these factors can result in happier, less stressful, more satisfying relationships — and life.
We take a gentle, understanding, open-minded approach toward helping our patients discover the attitudes, habits and behaviors in themselves that are not serving their best interests. Together, we discuss options that might present more satisfying life results.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a form of depth psychology, the primary focus of which is to reveal the unconscious content of a person's psyche in an effort to alleviate psychic tension. In this way, it is similar to Psychoanalysis (Click to learn more about psychoanalysis).
This form of psychotherapy is based on the interpersonal relationship between patient and therapist more than other forms of depth psychology. Through the work of psychodynamic psychotherapy, the patient becomes more aware of patterns he/she has developed that cause conflict and suffering. Through this increased awareness, the patient becomes more able to take responsibility for his/her own life and his/her relationships with others. The psychodynamic approach to mental health considers many symptoms as reflective of underlying struggles that form early on in our lives. Through this insight-oriented therapy, the patient gains a better understanding of him/herself and others.
The psychodynamic therapy takes techniques from a variety of sources, rather than relying on a single system of intervention. It is a focus that has been used in individual, group, and family therapy.