Psychodynamic psychotherapy is based on the theoretical ideas found in psychoanalysis. Different from psychoanalysis, in psychotherapy the patient remains sitting up and facing the therapist and appointments are typically scheduled once or twice a week. Similar to psychoanalysis, the patient is encouraged to speak about what comes to mind and to express feelings. These thoughts and feelings are then explored by the patient and therapist to understand their meaning.
Although not as thorough an investigation into unconscious aspects of the mind, psychotherapy can provide relief from suffering and lead to powerful self understanding. The treatment choice between psychotherapy and psychoanalysis is complex and can be discussed between patient and therapist. For more about my approach please see the About Me page.