Psychodynamic & Client Centered Therapy
In my early professional years I was asking the question: How can I treat, or cure, or change this person? Now I would phrase the question in this way: How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for his own personal growth?”
– Carl Rogers
Our sessions allow the client to lead the conversation and do not attempt to steer the client in any way. The approach rests on non-judgmental listening and providing a source of complete acceptance and support.
The goals of psychodynamic therapy are a client’s self-awareness and understanding of the influence of the past on present behavior. In its brief form, a psychodynamic approach enables the client to examine unresolved conflicts and symptoms that arise from past dysfunctional relationships.
In the client-centered approach to therapy, Mental health professionals strive to create a therapeutic environment that is conformable, non-judgmental, and empathetic. Two of the key elements of client-centered therapy are that it:
Is non-directive. Therapists allow clients to lead the discussion and do not try to steer the client in a particular direction.
Emphasizes unconditional positive regard. Therapists show complete acceptance and support for their clients without casting judgment.
Goals of therapy:
To Facilitate personal growth and development
Eliminate or mitigate feelings of distress
Increase self-esteem and openness to experience
Enhance the client’s understanding of him/herself