Integrative Psychotherapy: Dealing with the past first to identify, reflect and challenge past negative events, people, situations and reactions. Then develop alternative more positive ways of handling events, people, situations and reactions in the present and future. This uses a made-to-measure mix of Therapy methods inc: Psychodynamic (influences from the past), Person-Centred (present and future), NLP (see above), CBT (see above), Hypnotherapy (see above).
What is Psychodynamic Psychotherapy?
Mainly moving back first to understand how past connections influence now. Psychodynamic Therapy is rooted in the original and very first forms of Therapy of Psychoanalysis, founded by Sigmund Freud (1856-1939). Freud believed that people could be ''cured'' by making conscious their unconscious thoughts and motivations, thus gaining “insight”. The more modern and shorter version is Psychodynamic Therapy which also aims to release repressed emotions and experiences i.e. make the unconscious more conscious and therefore easier to understand, challenge and change, so the positive changes can influence the present and future. Psychodynamic Therapy is commonly used to treat depression and anxiety disorders. It is taught that only after the client has a 'Cathartic' (i.e. healing) experience can the person be helped and "cured".
The main assumptions are:
- Psychodynamic Therapists see psychological problems as rooted in the unconscious mind.
- Current symptoms and challenges are caused by latent (hidden) disturbances.
- Typical causes include unresolved issues during earlier development or repressed trauma.
- Treatment focuses on bringing the repressed conflict to consciousness, where the client can deal with it.