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Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at KMA Therapy Toronto

What is Psychodynamic Psychotherapy?

The goals of psychodynamic therapy are about finding our self-awareness and understanding the influence of the past on present behavior. A therapist with a psychodynamic approach enables us to examine unresolved conflicts and symptoms that arise from past dysfunctional relationships such as past family issues, bad relationships, and toxic friendships.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy relies on the principles of psychodynamic theory, but is less rigorous than the traditional psychoanalysis methods of 3-4 sessions per week. Psychodynamic therapists, however, still employ strict boundaries when it comes to arriving on time for sessions, creating a contract for therapy, taking a break from sessions, and endings. Conflicts in therapy are generally attributed to transference, and traced back to conflicts that were once experienced in our lives.

What Issues does Psychodynamic Psychotherapy treat?

Psychodynamic therapy can help with a wide range of issues including but not limited to:

  • Depression
  • Relationship Counselling
  • Family Issues
  • Past Abuse or Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Anger Management
  • Bereavement/Grief/Loss
  • Sex Issues

The Psychodynamic Therapy Relationship

The psychodynamic psychotherapy relationship focuses on ‘transference’ which is the process that occurs in therapy when the client responds to the counsellor as if to a significant other person from the client’s past.

Research has shown us that regardless of the theoretical orientation of your therapist, your experience will depend largely on their personality and your connection with them. We have taken this research to heart, and for this reason we always start therapy with a 30 minute consultation with our director, Kimberly, to ensure that you will be with a therapist you can truly connect with. Together, we will determine the length of therapy that's right for you.

Counselling depends on many factors unique to you, and the scope of your issues. Generally, you will sense when counselling has been successfully completed when you have overcome major issues in your life. You will notice that they have new energy, interest, and enthusiasm about other aspects of your life - as well as the confidence to tackle new challenges on your own.

Successful counselling also depends on maintaining the momentum with your counselor. When you attend regularly set sessions, we can usually progress faster than when our sessions are spread far-apart. You will find weekly sessions the most productive. Some people feel that bi-weekly, or twice-a-week sessions are the right pace for them.

How Can I Book an Appointment for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at KMA Therapy?

To book an appointment for your initial counselling consultation, simply register online or call us at 416-487-6288. We are located at Yonge and Eglinton in Toronto. We look forward to meeting you!