What Is Psychodynamic Psychotherapy?

​​The term is accredited to Eugen Bleuler and used when referring to the genre of psychotherapies that reveres the unconscious as a living body of knowledge that interacts with and informs consciousness processes. An understanding of the unconscious is obtained through self exploration and analysis of what underlies one’s behaviour and cognitive processes. Historically, therapies in this genre were developed by Pierre Janet, William James, Sigmund Freud, and Carl Jung. In general, this approach to psychotherapy endeavors to explore, understand and resolve not only the external issues and problems we are aware of (the conscious struggles in life) but also the exploration and understanding of the dynamic nature of one's unconscious (the parts of ourselves of which we are not aware). These unconscious, internal conflicts can significantly contribute to our day-to-day reactions to stressful situations and relationships.

 What is Jungian Oriented Depth Psychotherapy?
​​Depth Psychology is another term used to describe the Psychodynamic Analytic therapies. Carl Jung’s version of analysis views the personality as a dynamic self-regulating system attitudes and functions. A principle feature of Jungian therapy is that it explores thinking and feelings through  symbolic approaches (mythology, archetypes, dream work, music therapy, art therapy) to process more deeply the issue(s) being reviewed. Other traditional theoretical approaches such as  developmental, humanistic, psycho-educational and cognitive-behavioral are used in depth work. 

What is the goal of therapy?  
Ultimately, the goal of any therapy is for each person to become an individual, who is distinct and knows himself or herself well enough to navigate what life may offer (challenges or joys) with a sense of personal solidarity.