In Psychodynamic Counselling
the counsellor and client form a working relationship which enables
the exploration of the client's relational patterns. As in other
orientations a psychodynamic counsellor puts great emphasis on forming
a good therapeutic relationship, based on acceptance, empathy and honesty,
thus providing a trusting base from which the client can safely explore
areas of personal difficulty.
Exploration of issues, memories
and everyday experiences occurs through active listening and reflecting
back, giving the client an opportunity to experience their own thought
processes and the possibility of sharing these, often for the first
time, with their therapist.
According to the psychodynamic
approach our behaviour, coping mechanisms and ways of relating to people
are based on earlier life events which are often held in the unconscious.
With increasing insight and awareness and with the help of the therapist,
the client becomes conscious of these old patterns and can then choose
whether to keep or let go of them.