Seeks to discover how unconscious thoughts affect current behaviour and these are usually formed in childhood. Understanding how one came to be the way that we are can go a long way towards the self understanding that gives a person authenticity. The techniques which can be used can be free association, interpretation, and transference.
The Counselling Society says:
'Psychodynamic counselling developed form psychoanalysis. It focuses on the unconscious mind and past experiences, and explores their influence on current behaviour. You will be encouraged to talk about childhood relationships with parents and other significant people. As part of the therapy you may transfer and pass on deep feelings about yourself, parents and others to the therapist. Although psychodynamic counselling can be practised in a short series of sessions, it is more usual for it to be a relatively lengthy process. It is likely to appeal to people who are interested in exploring their own unconscious processes and who can accept that the changes they are seeking may take time to achieve. (Click here to see this on The Counselling Societies website >)