Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy is similar to Psychoanalytic therapy, however, it encompasses and utilizes all of the similar analytic therapies from Freud, Carl Jung, Alfred Adler, Otto Rank and Melanie Klein.

Psychodynamic therapy is also similar to Psychoanalytic therapy as the focus is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness and help individuals untangle, experience and understand their deep-rooted feelings with a focus of ultimately resolving them. In Psychodynamic therapy, especially in short-term psychodynamic therapy, the therapist is more of an active advocate of change rather than a neutral observer that is typically seen in psychoanalysis.

Psychodynamic therapy is also typically far less intensive as it tends to focus more on immediate problems and quicker solutions years typically involved in psychoanalytic therapy. Ultimately, though the goal of both therapies provide the same benefits.

Principles of Therapy

The core principle of psychodynamic therapy is that the unconscious mind harbours deep-rooted feelings and memories, which affects behaviour. Psychodynamic therapists work within this model by attempting to maintain more of an equal relationship with their client while also adopting the attitude of unconditional acceptance and trust. By doing so, this encourages clients to open up and bring the unconscious to the conscious so that it can be worked on.


The techniques used within Psychodynamic therapy are similar to those of psychoanalytic therapy and include Free association, Therapeutic transference and Interpretation (see psychoanalytic therapy for more information) but again tends to be more focused on short-term intensive therapy.

Individuals who are interested in exploring themselves, want to gain self-knowledge, have the capacity for self-reflection wish to understand why they behave the way they do tend to do well in Psychodynamic therapy.

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