Psychodynamic psychotherapy has its roots in psychoanalysis and is a form of treatment, as one of Freud’s patients put it, through talking. The patient is encouraged to reveal their thoughts, emotions, associations, fantasies and dreams, and to talk about important people and relationships in their life and how they experiences the therapeutic relationship. This is to help them understand their difficulties and lead a satisfying personal and professional life.
Through questions, interpretations, and sometimes silence, the therapist helps the patient achieve greater awareness of various unconscious aspects of their life that may be a source of discomfort and suffering in their life. This therapy is based on cooperation and joint involvement of the therapist and the patient in order to understand the mechanisms that hinder the patient’s functioning.
The session usually lasts 45-50 minutes. There are usually 1-2 sessions a week. The initial meetings (1-3) take the form of a consultation, then, together with the patient, the psychotherapist decides whether therapy will be the best and most advisable form of help for the patient, and the patient decides to start psychotherapy.