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Psychodynamic Counseling

Psychodynamic Counseling for Mental Health Issues

The goal of psychodynamic counseling is to help the client become more aware of unconscious thoughts and feelings and to understand how they are affecting their current life.

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Mechanism of Action in Psychodynamic counseling

Psychodynamic counseling focuses on unconscious processes as they are manifested in the client's present behavior.
  • Therapeutic relationship

  • Regression

  • Free association

  • Dream interpretation

  • Interpretive intervention

  • Insights

  • Reduction of defense mechanisms

  • Countertransference

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Self-exploration with Psychodynamic counseling

Self-exploration with Psychodynamic counseling

Uncovering unconsciously repressed material is also crucial to psychodynamic treatment. For genuine intrinsic alterations to take place, one must completely understand one's protective posture and behavioral patterns through this comprehensive self-exploration process.

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Internal barriers and conflicts

Internal barriers and conflicts

It explores the innate drives that motivate our behavior. It’s in this way that psychodynamic theory accounts for both sides of the nature/nurture debate.

The superego and ego impose internal barriers and constraints.

Making decisions is the responsibility of the ego, which serves as a mediator between you and the outside world.

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Manage childhood trauma with Psychodynamic counseling

Manage childhood trauma with Psychodynamic counseling

First, it accounts for the impact of childhood on adult personality and mental health. Second, it explores the innate drives that motivate our behavior.

On the one hand, it points to the way the unconscious mental processes people are born with influence their thoughts, feelings, and behavior.

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Ego psychology

Ego psychology

According to some theorists, the ego is developed independently and without intrapsychic struggle.

They thought that humans, too had a need to discover and shape their surroundings. Ego psychology holds that a person's reality and environment have a significant role in their growth.

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Interpersonal relationship- Psychodynamic counseling

Interpersonal relationship- Psychodynamic counseling

People are influenced by their interactions with important people in their lives, such as their parents and siblings.

According to this notion, a person's difficulties stem from their emphasis on preserving interpersonal connections but still differentiating themselves. People replicate the early object associations they developed as adults.

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Emotional assessment- Psychodynamic counseling

Emotional assessment- Psychodynamic counseling

Psychodynamic work is characterized by a deep exploration of one's history and the processing of intense emotions.

Many people find it challenging to go deeply into their emotions, yet psychodynamic counseling helps clients do just that.

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Psychodynamic Counseling & Processes

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Transference Approach

When someone transfers their emotions and expectations from one person to another, it usually happens unintentionally.

Counseling frequently involves transference. The client expresses feelings and behaves toward their clinician as though they were the other person. Transference can occur in many different types of relationships and is not always indicative of a mental health problem.

A counselor can better grasp a facet of a client's condition and life when recognizing and understanding the client's transference.

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Free Association Approach

A counselor might advise the client to express all the thoughts that come to mind or to write them down. It could be an unintelligible string of words.

It might be a jumble of memories and feelings.

Free association is a technique used to connect disparate ideas that could otherwise be overlooked. Although Freud invented it, this therapeutic approach has yet to be widely used today.

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Dream Analysis approach

Freud also invented the method of dream interpretation to discover more about the unconscious of a person.

Dream analysis is a technique used by contemporary psychodynamic therapists in person-centered counseling, cognitive behavioral counseling, and Gestalt counseling (Gestalt counseling holds the idea that dreams are messages a person delivers to themselves).

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Acceptance Approach

Denial is a kind of defense. A fact that is too unpleasant for a person to accept is rejected in denial.
Accepting and how to work in a positive direction can be found and discussed with the therapist.

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Repression Approach

When a person experiences too much pain from thought, memory, or emotion, they unconsciously push the information out of their consciousness and lose awareness of it. This is known as repression.

With your therapist, you can unveil these emotions and develop a more positive outlook to manage them better.

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Rationalization Approach

People who rationalize a situation may be able to keep their self-respect or avoid feeling guilty about something they have done wrong.

While rationalization is frequently harmless, it can become risky when someone continually justifies hazardous behavior. This is known as chronic self-deception.

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