Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a process which helps patients understand and resolve their problems by increasing awareness of their inner world and its influence over past and present relationships. Psychodynamic therapy aims to understand and change complex and often unconscious based emotional and relationship problems thereby reducing symptoms and alleviating distress. In this manner, psychodynamic psychotherapy differs from most other therapy modalities.
What is psychodynamic therapy used for?
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is used for individuals with serious psychological disorders as well as people who may be experiencing a loss of meaning in their lives or individuals who are looking for a greater sense of fulfillment. Often times individuals seek help for specific issues such as panic attacks, phobias, or eating disorders. Other times individuals seek help due to a more general underlying feeling of depression, anxiety, difficulties with relationships, dissatisfaction with their work or difficulties concentrating.
In addition, psychodynamic psychotherapy provides an effective treatment for a range of psychological disorders, both solely as a treatment and as an adjunct to other forms of treatment. It can contribute significantly to patient's mental and physical health, to their sense of well-being and to their ability to manage their lives more effectively.
Attachment Based Psychotherapy
It is known that early attachment experiences with a primary caregiver influence patterns of communication, relationships and emotional experiences. If an individual experiences a secure attachment, they learn to communicate feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. However, if an individual experienced an insecure attachment pattern at an early age, they may struggle with maladaptive and dysregulated emotions and furthermore struggle with relationships leading to anxiety, depression, and misdirected anger.
Dr. DiPierdomenico has studied the Neurobiology of Attachment Theory and the use of Psychodynamic Therapy as a treatment modality to facilitate the repair and reorganization of the brain. Dr. DiPierdomenico utilizes this type of therapy for providing a secure base to allow her patients to explore their present and past emotional experiences. This type of therapy uses the right brain/limbic system interactions of both the psychotherapist and the patient and is more effective than other types of therapy that use cognitive or behavioral suggestions from the therapist.