Problems often occur in life where the answer is not straight forward. Some people may be struggling with difficult situations such as trauma or loss. Some find that they experience repeated difficulties in how they relate to others or how they cope with stressful or intense emotions. Others may find that they keep repeating certain negative patterns of behaviour and thinking, but struggle to change despite knowing that something is wrong. People who have struggled with long term problems with anxiety or moods, might have found only limited or partial benefit from medication.
Psychotherapy can be helpful in understanding and overcoming these problems. There are various types of psychotherapy but all involve a ‘talking cure’. Psychotherapy can be done on an individual basis, with couples and families or in groups.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy helps people gain an understanding of their feelings and the difficulties they may have with themselves and other people. It often involves a detailed exploration of both past and present experiences and identifying how things that have occurred in the past may be connected to, and are influencing unpleasant experiences in the present. This can be an empowering experience and enable people to make choices based on their present circumstances rather than being constrained by the past.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy usually takes place through regular, individual sessions with the therapist. These sessions may be weekly or more often and could range from a few weeks to months or longer depending on how complex or entrenched an individual’s problems are.
Our Psychiatrists at Randwick Psychiatry are available to provide specialised psychotherapeutic treatment and support for various issues including depression and mood disorders, anxiety and relational difficulties. Please contact us to arrange a consultation.
If you have concerns that you or someone you know has a mental health condition and that there are serious immediate concerns for that person’s safety, it is important to seek help as soon as possible. Emergency help can be accessed through your nearest hospital or by dialling ‘000’ in Australia.