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What is Psychodynamic Psychotherapy?

The purpose of psychotherapy is to create a safe place where you can gradually feel more and more comfortable to be yourself. This enables hidden aspects of the personality to come to the fore, and to initiate a process of integrating them into conscious experience. The psychotherapist is not smarter than the client and he cannot know better than the client what is best for him. His goal is merely to support you in developing a coherent sense of identity and inner peace.

Many years ago, Sigmund Freud discovered that we are influenced by forces that are within our personality but to the most part are unknown, unconscious to our mind. We rejected these ideas in the beginning of life because of fears that no longer make sense in the life of an adult, but, until they are made conscious, these fears continue to influence our behaviors and relationships. Large part of our mental energy is wasted on inner conflicts, while consciously we feel drained, tensed, anxious, depressed, etc. The more energy is repressed, the more we repeat emotional patterns from the past and the less effective we can be in the present moment.

Psychotherapy is a special relationship with the therapist; it’s a psychological adventure. It requires certain courage to look into yourself with the wish to understand what drives you and realize that your feelings always make sense. Without self-knowledge, self-love is not possible: how can you love that which you do not know? Loving oneself is also the prerequisite to love others. The more you understand and love yourself, the more you can understand and love others.

This is why real change starts from within.