Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in York, Manchester & online

What is Psychodynamic Psychotherapy?

Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a talking therapy focused on self-reflection, which aims to develop an understanding of the roots of your emotional suffering.

Psychodynamic psychotherapy helps to increase awareness of the underlying emotions which shape your experiences and responses. You may feel that these emotions and experiences go back a long way in your life and have become very familiar, without being understood. Perhaps they create difficulty, for example in your relationships.  In psychodynamic psychotherapy, you are supported to think about how earlier life experiences affect your thoughts, feelings and actions today.

It can help you to recognise, experience, and understand your true, deep-rooted feelings, with the aim of making profound change to your emotional development and resolving any problems these have caused.

By becoming more aware of unconscious emotional patterns and their roots, you can be better equipped to manage difficulties and improve your relationships.


How can Psychodynamic Psychotherapy help?

Like other forms of therapy, it can be used to treat a variety of mental health problems, including but not limited to:



Stress & Burnout

Bereavement and loss

Difficulties in relationships



What is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapy session like?

When compared with other therapies, psychodynamic psychotherapy takes a more exploratory approach. This means that as the therapy relationship develops you and your therapist will establish conditions for you to feel safe to explore whatever thoughts and feelings come to your mind.

This may include current and previous experiences and relationships, with your therapist paying particular attention to your emotions and your expression of your emotions. The pace of your sessions will closely match your readiness to explore and make sense of your personal experiences, with opportunity to notice how you experience the therapy relationship itself, in order to notice and work through familiar patterns of relating which cause difficulty.

The number of therapy sessions may vary depending on the issues which you wish to address. If these issues are more long standing, more sessions may be beneficial.

We understand that seeking therapy can be daunting and that taking the first step can be challenging. We have a team of trained experts available at our clinics in York, Manchester and online.

If you are unsure whether you need therapy within our general adult’s service or our Neurodiversity service, please get in touch using the form below for more information about our different sorts of therapy. We would be delighted to discuss your situation and needs with you

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