Psychodynamic therapy, also known as insight-oriented therapy, is an in-depth form of talk therapy rooted in the theories of psychoanalysis. It aims to increase self-awareness about one’s past and how it influences present behavior. Clients and therapists work together to recognize recurring patterns of behaviors, analyze early experiences and emotions, and understand origins of defense mechanisms used to cope during stressful situations. Through this insight, clients can begin to make changes in the present.
Psychodynamic Therapy includes self-reflection and examination, exploration of the dynamics of the client’s family of origin, and the use of the relationship between the therapist and the client to gain insight into relationship patterns in the client's life. The therapeutic relationship is a key component of psychodynamic therapy as it can help to understand how the client interacts with others in their life.