Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a form of “talk therapy.” The client and therapist meet once or twice a week. The therapist invites the client to speak of his sorrows, to dive deeply into the places that haunt him and to enter the uncharted territory of his most difficult feelings and experiences.
The therapist listens to the client's narrative as well as to the silences, gestures, facial expressions and pitch of voice. She also listens to the images, feelings and memories that are evoked in herself by the story and presence of the patient. She uses these evocations to understand more of what it is like to be in the skin of the other.
Through dialogue, mutual curiosity, listening and speaking of the past and present, my clients and I broaden our understanding of their pain and limitations in life. The structure of therapy encourages a unique conversation aimed at disrupting calcified, repetitive patterns of suffering. It provides the client with the tools and resilience to change these patterns. Simultaneously, it offers the possibility of deepening one's understanding of self and others. Therapy is hard work. It is often painful and fraught with conflict, but it is also playful and intensely engaging. Most importantly, it can lead to significant remission or cessation of psychological suffering and painful symptoms.