How can Psychodynamic Therapy Help You

Mary Ross, PhD, RPsych, discusses How can Psychodynamic Therapy Help You

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Mary Ross, PhD, RPsych, discusses How can Psychodynamic Therapy Help You
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Featuring Dr. Mary Ross, PhD, RPsych

Duration: 1 minute, 48 seconds

Well, psychodynamic therapy kind of picks up from the traditional Freudian psychoanalysis but doesn't quite go to the extreme.

What it does is it works with people and helps them take a look in a deeper way as to what might be going on unconsciously, old things from their childhood that are sort of driving their behaviour today.

And bringing some of these things to awareness, so that they can start addressing them and maybe not have it influence their behaviour so much. Oftentimes, things we develop in childhood may have worked for us then, helped us cope, but no longer work so well for us in the current time.

A psychodynamic therapist also kind of makes use of the therapy relationship, and whatever might transpire betweeen you and the therapist as sort of an example of what goes on outisde with other people.

You may have heard of transference and countertransference, and they're sort of the technical terms for sort of things that come up in that therapy relationship, that you know again are just good examples of the pattern that you have interacting with people, and a psychologist can help you kind of work that through and understand that better.

Well it's very important for people when they're finding themselves a psychologist to actually just call and ask questions: what kind of approach do you take? This is my problem, what kind of approach do you think might be good for me?

And most psychologists will give you an idea about that and let you know, and sometimes, unfortunately you have to do a little trial and error too to find what works best for you. But always ask the question and see what you feel comfortable with.

Presenter: Dr. Mary Ross, Psychologist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Psychologist

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