Psychotherapy by Psychotherapists Perth & Applecross
Have you ever wondered about the influence of your past on your current behaviour? Psychodynamic psychotherapy places an emphasis on our early life experiences and how they affect our behaviours and emotions.
What is psychodynamic psychotherapy?
Psychodynamic psychotherapy gives you the opportunity to speak freely about your concerns as they come to mind including current problems, fears, desires and dreams.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is focused on you and your goals and will help give you insight into your patterns of behaviour and ways to overcome your problems. It focuses on unconscious processes as they show up in your life patterns now.
What can psychotherapy help with?
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is used to help people with depression, anxiety, addiction, eating disorders and social anxiety. It is not the most effective choice of therapy for all issues so check with your therapist first!
What do you do in psychotherapy?
In psychotherapy therapy you learn to understand, recognise, express and overcome negative feelings in order to improve your life and relationships. You explore patterns between your early life experiences and your current decision making, behaviour and relationships so that you can move past them.
In Psychodynamic therapy you may spend some time exploring schemas. Schemas are enduring beliefs and feelings about yourself and the world that you accept without question. Some examples of schema beliefs are: “I’m unlovable,” “I will never be good enough,” and so on. Researchers have found eighteen specific schemas. Most of us have at least two or three of these schemas, and often more. We may go through phases in our life when some of these schemas are active. Often when we feel stressed we resort to these schemas or ways of thinking.
How long will psychodynamic psychotherapy last?
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is considered a more longer term therapy (i.e., greater than 6-10 sessions). You and your therapist usually work together until you agree that you are ready to end your therapy sessions.
Your psychologists available for psychotherapy!
Heidi Smith – Senior Psychologist
Heidi Smith helps individuals looking for psychotherapy with two key techniques schema therapy and Eye-Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing therapy (EMDR). EMDR is a psychotherapy technique that is very successful in helping those with anxiety, trauma, panic, disturbing memories, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress or other issues overcome their emotional distress. Heidi is also trained in cognitive-behavioural therapy, Gottman method couple therapy and advanced mediation.
Heidi has experience with anxiety, OCD, PTSD, trauma, parenting and relationship issues.
Jennifer King – Senior Clinical Psychologist
Jennifer King is a dynamic Clinical psychologist with training in a wide range of therapy models including cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, Rogerian person-centred therapy, schema therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, solution-focused brief therapy, motivational interviewing, family therapy, play therapy, psychodynamic approaches, behaviour therapy and a range of other creative-based therapies such as art therapy.
Jennifer is able to work in both short-term and long-term therapeutic models. She is experienced with longer-term models such as psychodynamic, rogerian person-centred therapy and psychodynamic therapy. Jennifer is focused on you and your goals and will help give you insight into your patterns of behaviour and ways to overcome your problems. Psychodynamic therapy focuses on unconscious processes as they show up in your life patterns now.
Jennifer has experience with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, OCD, PTSD, trauma and parenting and family issues.