Therapy involves creating a space where you can fully be yourself and learn about who you are without having to sensor your thoughts or emotions.
More Than Just Symptom Reduction.
In psychodynamic therapy we want to explore symptoms rather than simply trying to eliminate them. Anxiety or depression if often just the tip of the iceberg. It is important to think about what is below the surface of the water too. In therapy we would talk about how symptoms have developed over time, how they are impacting your life and what might have caused them.
Exploring Your Relationships.
We would talk about how it feels to let people get close, why you put up walls within your relationships or the times that you struggle to hold your boundaries. We explore dynamics within your current relationships and think about relationships from the past and how they have affected you.
Identifying Patterns In Your Life.
Patterns develop over time and you may not even be aware of them. They may include relationship patterns, patterns in coping mechanisms or communication patterns that have a negative impact on your relationships.
We identify patterns, explore the emotions associated with them, trace them throughout your past and think about why they keep repeating themselves in your life.
Thinking About Your Past.
Your past experiences have shaped you into who you are. There may be some things that have happened in your life that you feel like you just can’t seem to move past. They keep coming up again and again and bringing strong emotions, relationship problems and stopping you moving forward in life.
Becoming Aware Of How You Avoid Things In Your Life.
It’s natural to want to avoid discomfort. The downside of this is at avoiding can result in greater suffering and decreased freedom in your life. Psychodynamic therapy explored both conscious and unconscious avoidance. Together we would get in touch with what you are avoiding in your life and within yourself.
Your Unconscious Mind.
So much of what we do, feel and think is influenced by our unconscious minds. You might find yourself thinking “I don’t know why I just said that” or “I’m feeling really upset today and I don’t know why”. In these instances there may be something happening that is not yet conscious. The acknowledgment of the unconscious is an important part of psychodynamic therapy and one that differentiates it from other approaches.
Listening To Your Emotions.
Psychodynamic therapy goes beyond thinking and logic. People often come to therapy for problems that are illogical…they are emotional and don’t always make sense. Listening to your emotions, giving them space to exist without judgement and with curiosity is so important.
It Takes Time And That’s Okay.
In your life you may have been told to hurry up, to get over it and to cheer up. All of these messages aim to bypass suffering. The poet Robert Frost said “the only way out is through” and this is true of therapy too. Therapy is a gradual uncovering of who you are and working through them with another person (your therapist).
Fees And Referrals.
My session fee is $220 for a 50 minute consultation.
If you have a mental health care plan (obtained from your General Practitioner) you will be eligible to receive a Medicare rebate of $129.55 for up to 20 sessions per calendar year.
Most private health insurance extras packages include a rebate for psychological services. You should contact your insurer to determine your eligibility for a rebate and the amount.