Psychodynamic Therapy

Living with a mental illness or addiction can be exhausting. Not only does it affect how you feel, but it has a trickle-down effect of seeping its way into your everyday life. More often than not, your negative emotions turn into defence mechanisms that you slowly build up over the years to keep your painful feelings and memories in your unconscious mind. This can leave you feeling like you have lost meaning in your life and creates difficulty forming and maintaining personal relationships.

Helping you bring your unconscious mind to the conscious, psychodynamic therapy promotes self-expression and insight to unveil the content of your unconscious. Effective in treating anxiety, addiction, eating disorders, and primarily depression, the treatment focuses on unravelling the past to change the present.

Addcounsel offers psychodynamic therapy for a range of mental health disorders. Treatment is carried out by our expert team of highly skilled mental health specialists who work together to ensure you receive an unrivalled level of care. We understand that no two experiences of mental health are the same; you are your own person who deserves specialised care. So, we take a ‘one client at a time’ approach to ensure an individualised treatment plan is in place for each client to ensure a successful and lasting recovery.

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How Psychodynamic Therapy Works

Psychodynamic therapy revolves around making the unconscious become conscious. This therapy uses theories and techniques that are based on recognising, acknowledging, understanding, expressing, and overcoming repressed, negative emotions. Our therapists will create an equal and trusting relationship with you by ensuring you feel unconditional acceptance. They will guide you in gaining an insight into your life and problems by allowing you the space to discuss emotions and thoughts freely. You may cover difficulties, fears, dreams, and desires.

A key component of psychodynamic therapy is delving into your early life experiences. We find that many of the patterns found in our thoughts and beliefs begin in childhood and that these experiences are extremely influential in the development of who we are and how we function as adults. Our therapists will work with you to allow you to discover the connection between the dots of your past experiences and current problems. Some techniques that may be used are:

  • Free association practices
  • Talking openly, in an unstructured and uncensored way, about once automatic ways of thinking and behaving
  • Role-playing situations so you can identify how you contribute to relationship patterns
  • Identification of ways you avoid distressing thoughts and feelings
  • Transference of feelings to reveal negative patterns of behaviour

How Psychodynamic Therapy Can Help You

Undergoing psychodynamic therapy treatment at Addcounsel will give you the tools and resources to effectively analyse and resolve your current difficulties and give you the opportunity for deep exploration and analysis of early life experiences and emotions. You can then use these experiences to create changes in your behaviour in any current and future relationships.

Our end goal is for you to feel a remission of symptoms alongside an increase in self-worth, awareness, better use of talents and abilities, and an enhanced ability to develop and sustain healthy and satisfying relationships. With help from our caring and compassionate team of highly skilled therapists, you will learn how to let go of unhelpful and obstructive defence mechanisms that are affecting your day-to-day life.

Once therapy has ended, you will feel a significant improvement in your life as you will have a strengthened self-understanding of how to break your self-defeating cycles. You will be able to effectively address issues with avoidance, all, in turn, allowing you to make better choices and feel better long term. By freeing yourself from your past, you will be able to live a better future.

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At Addcounsel, we understand the impact that living with a mental illness can have on your everyday life, and without effective treatment, this could be prolonged. It’s important to seek help so you can overcome your negative emotions and lead a happy and fulfilling life.

Anyone can develop a mental health condition and with the right care, treatment, and support, you can overcome this. Psychodynamic therapy may be your way out. Learn to take control over your mental health at Addcounsel today. Contact us at +44 (0)203 709 3968 or email us at for an in-depth look at treatment and what you can expect in the admissions process.

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