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Integrative Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Psychodynamic psychotherapy works to discern and resolve unconscious conflicts that generate symptomatic behaviours. Associations in this Section take an interdisciplinary approach to psychotherapy, through a framework of the structures of mind, the Symbolic and the unconscious.

The psychotherapeutic relationship is considered central to the therapy process, creating an opportunity for exploring both conscious and unconscious behaviours, emotional experience, beliefs and attitudes. Practitioners provide open and empathic therapeutic presence in which each client is able to feel that their subjective experience is understood and valued.

This type of therapy enables a client to deeply explore the repetitive painful interactions and experiences that may, for example, underlie anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, eating disorders, addictions, and the complex effects of trauma. This therapeutic process supports the growth of new ways of engaging in relationship with oneself and others and living creatively in the world.

Psychotherapists in this section draw on a range of theories to inform processes of change and growth. This includes theories of personality and character, patterns of attachment, emotion, human development, embodiment, neurobiology, trauma theory and contemporary psychodynamic and analytic theory and practice.  There is an emphasis on understanding the social and cultural context in which each client lives, taking into account gender, class, sexuality and ethnicity.

Associations belonging to this section require their clinical members to have undertaken a post-graduate level training in psychotherapy of at least 500 hours over a three to four-year period and supervised practice over at least two years. They are also expected to have undergone their own long-term psychotherapy.

Member Associations within this Section:
Australian Somatic Psychotherapy Association (ASPA)
Melbourne College of Contemporary Psychotherapy MCCP)