Counselling Model - andreaberry.co.uk - Cheltenham - Gloucestershire Counselling Service

The main model of Counselling I use is Psychodynamic Counselling.

Psychodynamic counselling is a generic term that embraces all those therapies of an analytic nature. The goals of psychodynamic therapy would be around your self-awareness and understanding of the influence of the past on your present behaviour.

Psychodynamic counselling uses the basic assumption that everyone has an unconscious mind (this is sometimes called the subconscious), and that feelings held in the unconscious mind are often too painful to be faced. Thus we come up with defences to protect us knowing about these painful feelings. An example of one of these defences is called denial - which you may have already come across.

Psychodynamic counselling assumes that these defences have gone wrong and are causing more harm than good, that is why you have needed to seek help. Together we will try to unravel these defences and once you are aware of what is really going on in your mind the feelings will not be as painful.

Psychodynamic counselling focuses on the psychological roots of emotional suffering. Its hallmarks are self-reflection and self-examination, and the use of the relationship between me and you as a window into problematic relationship patterns in your life. The goal is not only to alleviate the most obvious symptoms but to help you lead a healthier life.

Psychodynamic counselling can:

  • Clarify and articulate what you are thinking and feeling
  • See how your past influences & continues to affect your present life
  • See what part you play in your relationships to others and the world
  • Help you to face painful and difficult feelings
  • Prioritise what is most important to you so you can look forward with greater confidence.

What can Psychodynamic counselling help?

Psychodynamic counselling has a wide application. It can help with anxiety, stress in the workplace, work/life imbalances, sexual identity, relationship issues, trauma, OCD, panic attacks, eating problems, negative body image, depression, low mood, suicidal thoughts, addiction, anger/rage, low self esteem, abuse, bereavement, and loss.


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