Psychodynamic therapy is a type of therapy that looks at the impact of unconscious thought processes as they are revealed by a person’s present behavior. Psychodynamic therapy proponents take the stance that people will be able to gain greater mental health through growing self-awareness and understanding of the influence of the past on their present behavior. A psychodynamic approach enables the patient to examine unresolved conflicts that arise from past dysfunctional relationships creating new awareness, which enables the person to create healthier relationships.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy assists people through understanding and altering complex, deep-seated and often unconsciously based emotional and relationship problems thus decreasing symptoms and alleviating distress. Many people who experience a loss of meaning in their lives or who are seeking a greater sense of satisfaction may be helped by psychodynamic psychotherapy.