Psychodynamic therapy involves examining a patient’s mental and emotional processes and their inner thoughts and beliefs, rather than focusing on their behavior. It often focuses on unconscious conflict or events that happened in the patient’s childhood, as one of the main theories of psychodynamic therapy is that early life experiences are extremely influential in the way a person develops psychologically throughout their life.
Psychodynamic therapy is often used with individuals who are psychologically minded and have a high tolerance for frustration. Treatment involves analyzing all aspects of a patient’s thought and emotional processes, including all positive and negative transference, resistance, and their defense mechanisms. The overall goal is to help patients better understand what makes them who they are and rearrange pieces of themselves to live a more functional and positive life.