Psychodynamic psychotherapy and counselling
The terms Psychotherapy and Counselling are used interchangeably as they refer to similar things. In Psychodynamic practice, psychotherapy can involve sessions one or more times per week, and is therefore more in-depth than counselling, which usually takes place once a week.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy centres on the importance of the unconscious. Therefore, the work is about helping the individual to give expression to their internal experiences and their feelings in their own way and at their individual pace. This tends to enable a process where expression can be gradually freer, and where I apply my skills and thinking to help my clients to find meaning to their experiences, feelings and thoughts.
Child and adolescent psychotherapy offers specialised skills and knowledge about child development and about issues affecting babies, children and young people. These skills and knowledge are essential to the development and effectiveness of the therapeutic work.
The work is highly relational, which means that a central part of my role is to get in touch with the individual’s experience and to acknowledge their feelings and experiences in a thoughtful, empathetic and non-judgemental manner. This is a central part of the therapeutic process.
Adults and adolescents mostly engage in therapy through talking, which is primarily led by the client and what each one wishes to bring up during each session.
Younger children tend to use play, drawing and painting to express thoughts and feelings that might be affecting them, but for which it might not be easy to find words. For many young children, sessions can be a combination of playing and talking.