Psychodynamic therapy is often used as an umbrella term to refer to various psychoanalytically-oriented therapy approaches or healing philosophies- such as that of Freud, Jung, and their many followers.
Psychoanalytic therapy is actually evidence-based and empirically validated. Psychodynamic therapies, particulalry Jungian approaches can also be considered Depth Therapy. The approach aims to look deep into one’s psyche and identify the unconscious and underlying root causes or patterns of an ongoing condition or situation. Together we will identify any historical patterns occurring in your life, explore what brought them about, and how to shift them. Some of the psychodynamic approaches Smart Therapy™ uses include:
• Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: focuses on Freud’s approaches in particular, and several of his followers ideas. The role of early childhood dynamics and its impact on adult life cannot be understated with this healing approach.
• Schema Therapy: a form of therapy that integrates cognitive behavioural therapy and psychoanalytic therapy approaches. We will identify the schemas/filters that are impacting your mental health and worldview.
• Jungian & Archetypal Approaches: Exploration of personality, archetypes, and symbols of meaning that may be surfacing for you will be considered. This approach can include looking at the shadow and how it may be manifesting in either your conscious life or unconscious life. Jungian approaches aim at supporting you to become more fully yourself, a process called individuation.
• Dream Analysis: exploring the contents of your unconscious mind via dream content to “make conscious what is unconscious.” This can help in symptom relief as well as tapping into internal resources and strengths; helps you to understand who you are and what you want, and develops enhanced self-insight.