Psychodynamic Individual Counselling uses the therapeutic relationship to gain insight into human growth and development in Petworth, Horsham & Midhurst.
Individual counsellors are not analysts and they can expect to work in a broad range of settings, with both long and short term clients.
Psychodynamic individual counselling uses the therapeutic relationship to gain insight into unconscious relationship patterns that evolved since childhood. Memories, dreams and other evidence of early relationships are used to make sense of current concerns.
The process of change occurs as clients become more aware of the power of the unconscious, including defense mechanisms, instincts and rules for life, to influence behaviour and hence more able to control their actions and responses.
The therapeutic relationship in contemporary psychodynamic counselling is based on acceptance, empathy and understanding, with an emphasis on developing a good working relationship that fosters trust. The counsellor takes account of the real world of the client, including the impact of trauma, cultural difference, sexual orientation, disability and social context.
Psychodynamic counselling skills and theory can be valuable in many working and social environments. The insight and understanding about human functions gained from psychodynamic theory can enhance the life of the client and can be put to a variety of good uses.