Psychodynamic counselling

Counselling is about talking to someone who is impartial and not connected to your situation. It is often a process which enables you to reflect on your thoughts and feelings, and to make better sense of them. It provides a fresh perspective.
 
The environment in which you grew up; your relationships with parents, carers, siblings and other close family or friends; significant or traumatic events which you experienced; and how you felt and dealt with life at the time: all these make up who you have become.
 
Psychodynamic counselling explores your relationships from childhood and how they relate to issues you are experiencing as an adult. It makes links between your feelings as an infant and in your current life. Many of those feelings and emotions may lie in your unconscious, and so you are not aware of them consciously. They may present as niggling irritations, unexplained sadness, anxiety, fear or anger. Psychodynamic counselling seeks to make those feelings and links conscious, so that you can make sense of them.
 
It may also involve looking at dreams and understanding what they represent for you, what your unconscious is communicating.
 
Psychodynamic counselling is often helpful to people who have suffered from traumatic or troubled childhoods. People who have been abused mentally, sexually or violently often have difficulties with relationships as adults.
 
Understanding why you feel as you do is the beginning of being able to change how you feel. A deeper knowledge of yourself can enable you to leave unbearable feelings behind and move on in your life.
 
Effective counselling can take time and requires trust. As you begin to unravel your feelings, you may uncover different emotions which you didn't expect. You may need to allow time to deal with them.