Psychodynamic Therapy For Depression

Psychodynamic therapy traces its roots back to Sigmund Freud in the late 1800’s. It has evolved extensively since then, and is practised widely. It is regarded as one of the most effective methods of treatment for people struggling with depression.


Psychodynamic Therapy focuses on unconscious thoughts and processes, and how they are linked to the client’s current behaviour. The aim of this treatment is to help the client achieve a state of self-awareness, and understand how past experiences are related to their current situation. Underpinning this model is the notion that our unconscious mind holds on to painful feelings and memories, that are too difficult for our conscious mind to process. This causes defence mechanisms (such as denial and projections) to develop, which then affects our behaviour negatively. A lack of understanding of these painful feelings and memories causes us to repeat behaviours that cause harm and distress.


Contact us at the Heath Group Practice if you would like to discuss psychodynamic therapy, or make an appointment. Call on (02) 93285551, or fill in our online contact form.