Psychodynamic Therapy

NOTE: This page is for reference, definition, and information only. Wilopa Practitioners are not licensed medical personnel and do not practice the form of psychotherapy described herein.

Psychodynamic therapy, also known as psychodynamic psychotherapy, or sometimes psychoanalytic therapy, is one of the oldest theories of psychology. This approach focuses on changing problematic behaviors, feelings, and thoughts by discovering their unconscious meanings and motivations.

Psychodynamic psychotherapy, both short-term and long-term, is an effective psychotherapy. It is an evidence-based therapy and its more intensive form, psychoanalysis has been proven to be evidence-based as well.

This method discovers what events may be influencing the client’s current issues. One of the main goals of this therapy is a client’s understanding of the influence of the past on current behaviors. Whether this means looking back on dysfunctional relationships, traumas, or unresolved conflicts, the ultimate goal is to become aware and to reflect.

Psychoanalytic therapies are often characterized by a close relationship between therapist and client. Typically this therapy focuses on one specific issue, agreed upon by the client and therapist, and gives a structure and goal to the treatment.

Our version of psychodynamic therapy is neither a medical nor a clinical approach. It is a similar yet modified and enhanced holistic approach that far exceeds the capabilities and efficacy of the traditional medical counterpart.