Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a talking therapy which aims to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness enabling an individual to begin to make sense of and experience deeply rooted feelings in order to understand how they might be impacting her or his current day to day life. These deeply-rooted feelings and memories would have been too difficult or overwhelming for the conscious mind to process at the time when they first occurred, and so to protect itself, the psyche pushed them into the unconscious. Psychodynamic psychotherapy believes that individuals will then develop defences (such as denial or projection) to keep those painful memories and feelings from surfacing into consciousness. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy's objective of surfacing unconscious feelings is based on the premise that by becoming aware of how behaviour today may be impacted by these deeply-rooted feelings and memories an individual can begin to resolve them as well as their often distressing effects on her or his current behaviours and qualify of life.
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