Psychodynamic Therapy Perth
Our Psychodynamic Therapy in Perth is an approach that works with your unconscious aspects by bringing them into the conscious awareness via the therapist and therapy process. The reason your old unconscious self is revisited is that within lie patterns or action, reaction, belief and association that may have been created in your childhood, but are creating issues in your adult life as you act out from these infantile responses and orientations to life.
What Is Psychodynamic Therapy
Psychodynamic Therapy may revisit what is the old unconscious pattern you act out, and the therapy may involve “rewiring” you to take that impulse or action towards a new completion, or to use a more adaptive or positive reaction or response. For instance you may have poor personal boundaries and passively accept whatever behaviour is directed at you.
Your unconscious orientation is to stay silent and put up with the behaviour as perhaps in childhood you were told to be quiet, be obedient, and fear further punishment if you stood up for yourself.
As an adult you now need to set boundaries, have an authentic “NO”. and stand up for yourself. Psychodynamic therapy allows you to make your infantile approach conscious, then actively through your body and emotional expression, try a new response that is to enact an authentic “NO” towards the challenge you face, and practice standing up for your rights.
How Can Psychodynamic Therapy Help You
Everyone of us came through childhood where we learnt through mirroring and modelling by adults and peers, or through instruction, direction or threat, how to be and do. Perhaps in your family there was dysfunction and trauma at play, and as a child you had to adapt to survive or to get love or the resources needed to get along.
You may have also in your infantile stages, have developed guilt, shame, self-blame and self-hatred from the wrong conclusions your limited consciousness could conclude back then. These toxic and negative states of self may still today cause you to self-sabotage or self-harm as an adult in any number of ways.
What you consciously learnt became second nature and receded into your background nature and personality, which is in the realm of your unconscious. As an adult you may still go about using strategies you used or had to use as a child, but which no longer work, or are out of context with your adult life.
These create issues, conflict and poor social and relational outcomes when they express in your conscious life. Psychodynamic therapy and counselling removes these impediments to higher emotional intelligence, adult appropriate behaviours, and can dramatically change your life which might be stuck or suffering by using maladaptive actions, reactions and strategies in life. Psychodynamic therapy is effective in helping you “shed the skin of childhood” and grow up emotionally so you are better equipped in relationships, work life, in decision making and belief formation.
What Strategies Are Used In Psychodynamic Therapy
Energetics Institute conducts psychodynamic therapy in Perth via a wholistic, embodied and emotionally expressive psychodynamic approach. At first there is a counselling stage where we enquire as to your history and family of origin to establish patterns and dynamics at play within your formative childhood period.
We also look at the role you as a child adopted within the family system, and the beliefs, strategies, conclusions, and defences you adopted growing up. These are mapped to current self-limiting or self-sabotaging behaviours and then we plan an approach to use psychodynamic therapy as part of a wider therapy plan to work towards healing you.
We setup a re-creation of the original dynamics and get you to stand in that presence and manifest the unconscious in the moment so that the old beliefs, feelings, and child state can emerge into consciousness. We may use a Family Constellation to create a mirroring of childhood dynamics, or the therapist may act as the pivotal parental or authority figure.
We trigger you so your emotions and impulses emerge but in a co-consciousness framework where they can both be your child state but witness it from your adult state. We work then to protect your child and re-parent your child by having you enact a skilful challenge, response or new strategy that is adult appropriate, so we breakdown the old unconscious stance towards the dynamic.
Any fears or beliefs around “standing up” for yourself are felt and seen to be illusory as the anticipated backlash does not manifest. As an emboldened client, you are then put into a charged grounded stance to push back or push through the dynamic and then fully integrate the new experience and freedom that creates. We finish with joyful expression to wire into your bodymind the positive outcome association of this new stance.
Repeated application of this approach dissolves the unconscious and rewires you into the new adaptive positive state which is adult appropriate and adaptive to the world you live in.