Why psychodynamic therapy?

The aim of counselling is to provide an opportunity for you (as the client) to work towards living in a more satisfying and resourceful way.

People who have found the counselling process helpful are those who:

  • may be facing times of change in their life, their personal relationships or work situations
  • may be coming to terms with loss or bereavement, who perhaps have feelings of depression, loneliness or emptiness
  • may be coming to terms with a traumatic experience, whether in the past or more recently, who perhaps have feelings of hopelessness or rage
  • need some space to enable them to think about personal issues, to help make sense of things that have happened or are happening to them

Psychodynamic therapy and the way I work

Psychodynamic counselling recognises and values the connections between a person’s inner and outer experience, and the significance of the past in relation to the present. The potential of the therapeutic relationship between client and counsellor is also acknowledged.

Using the psychodynamic approach, I aim to listen carefully to what you say and, in response, help you to think about and make links between events and themes in your life. My role is not to advise you, rather to work with you and support you to discover your own solutions.

See here for evidence supporting psychodynamic therapy. And this recent article highlights the effective use of psychodynamic therapy for depression, anxiety, personality disorders and eating disorders.

Psychodynamic networks

Human Development Scotland (HDS)

Scottish Association for Psychodynamic Counselling (SAPC)

Sutherland Trust