Q: What is psychodynamic therapy?

There are countless different modalities of therapy, with new approaches being developed all the time, but the three prominent schools of therapy are; Psychodynamic (classical therapy which looks at the client’s past and relates it to the present); Humanistic (person-centred, focuses on the client’s current situation and is very client lead) and Behavioural (learning strategies, setting goals, reprogramming thinking).

I’ve drastically simplified these here. There are some types of therapy which branch off from under these three ‘umbrella’ terms, and others which do not fit into any of these categories at all. 

Psychodynamic counselling recognises that each client is made up of different psychological parts. Some of these parts may be in conflict with one another, others hidden from consciousness entirely. I will encourage you to look at these different parts of yourself, and will work with modes of therapy that I feel are most relevant to you. I will encourage you to look at the root causes of conflicts within yourself and I will also be interested in your relatioships, including our counselling relationship.


 Although I lean heavily towards a psychodynamic approach, I will work integratively with different modalities when needed, particularly existential therapy which is a humanistic practice focusing on meaning. Some clients benefit from incorporating CBT interventions into my approach which can be useful when looking at tools for moving forward.

If you’re wondering whether I’m the right kind of therapist for you, please feel free to email me at enquiries@joannekaycounselling.co.uk if you have any questions or would like to arrange an initial phone call or introductory session. 

An initial session can be a good place to start. There will never be pressure to book more sessions.